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The COVID-19 Pandemic and Relations between China and the United States

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07.04.2020

The global panic over the COVID-19 pandemic is starting to have an extremely negative impact on all aspects of people’s lives. The impact that problems associated with the coronavirus outbreak are having on various aspects of the Great Global Game of politics today is therefore bound to remain a preoccupation.

Unfortunately, the one thing that is making COVID-19 such a tough match for humanity is the weaknesses of human nature, which are to blame for various failed attempts to solve these problems, particularly in international relations.

There is a popular theory that has been around for decades, going back as far as the Cold War, that if aliens were to invade planet Earth, this common threat to the future of humanity could have the power to unite rivals who had been sworn enemies up to that point in an effort to mobilize a joint response.

And now that threat is here, which we are all equally vulnerable to. It may as well have come from another planet. One would think that now is the time to do everything we can to join forces and fight this unprecedented threat to all humanity. Above all, one would expect the two main participants in today’s Great Global Game, the United States and China, to move in this direction and take some kind of action.

Unfortunately, the universal gesture of unity in the face of adversary, joining hands with friends, is not something the US and China want to do in the current situation. Moreover, COVID-19 is already being used as yet another tool, a weapon in a fight that was already being fought with a vengeance on all fronts before the coronavirus outbreak. To be more specific, the outbreak threatens to derail a positive trend that was beginning to be seen in bilateral relations, which began to take shape on January 15 this year after the US-China “Phase 1” trade agreement was signed.

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