fredag 8. mai 2020

As US-China rivalry heightens, the pandemic could tilt global power in Beijing’s favor

The coronavirus pandemic will fuel the already-bad rivalry between the U.S. and China, and could even tilt the balance of global power in Beijing’s favor, analysts say. Tensions have already flared on a few fronts since the pandemic started. Washington and Beijing are sniping at one another about the true extent and origin of the coronavirus outbreak. U.S. President Donald Trumpthreatened tariffs again. The two countries have even squabbled about the South China Sea issue.The pandemic will “increase US-China strategic rivalry,” says global political risk consultancy Verisk Maplecroft.

″The coronavirus pandemic is undoubtedly fuelling an increase in geopolitical tensions between the US and China,” Hugo Brennan, principal Asia analyst at Verisk Maplecroft wrote in a Wednesday note, predicting that the virus will remain a key source of friction for the next 12 months.