onsdag 28. august 2019

Behind the trade war and Trump’s offer to buy Greenland lies growing US discomfort with China’s overseas expansion

Recent developments have merely served to underline why the US-China trade war commands such attention. This is a trade war with global ramifications, but it is also just the tip of the iceberg in a global tussle for economic and political influence between China and the United States. It shouldn’t be viewed in isolation. 

Last week’s decision by US President Donald Trump to put off a trip to Denmark is a case in point. On the surface, Trump’s decision, after Copenhagen had declined to discuss a US proposal to purchase Greenland, has nothing to do with China. But, at least in part, it was a desire to secure Greenland’s natural resources that drove the US offer, resources in which Beijing also has an active interest.As Washington will be fully aware, China has been forging a closer economic relationship with Greenland.