The New Cold War:
New Cold War : One of the major victims of the coronavirus pandemic is the fiction of friendly relations between the US and China. Those ties have deteriorated for years, even before President Trump decided to express Beijing’s predatory behavior as of 2017. With the crisis now openly confronting America and China, it seems impossible to save the old working tires.
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Washington now faces an unambiguous contradictory relationship with the Chinese Communist Party, one in which global ideological blocs can be drawn. Losing this new cold war would be a major blow to global transparency and liberal order. It would also threaten a significant reduction in U.S. power and influence abroad.
Just a few months ago, it seemed that traditional cooperation between the United States and China could continue. The trade deal was the most visible sign that the elites in both countries wanted to return to some measure of normality. Outstanding issues such as Huawei and 5G slept into a state of permanent solution, the imprisonment of a million Uyghurs was largely forgotten, and cultural and student exchanges escaped a serious hiatus.
A stalemate also arose in the South China Sea, with the Trump administration dramatically increasing the number of freedom of navigation operations, but with the Chinese being dug into their new military bases. All this has been wiped out by the coronavirus crisis.
We’re entering a new Cold War with China. The FBI’s announcement today shows, yet again, that Communist China continually attempts to hack into our systems with the goal of stealing our technology and supplanting us as a world power. pic.twitter.com/LHSiWzbxen
— Martha McSally (@SenMcSallyAZ) May 13, 2020
It is both politically and morally important to maintain clarity about what happened. Arguments that Washington and Beijing must work together to defeat the pandemic are failing on the rocks of the Chinese government’s freely chosen actions. CCP general secretary Xi Jinping decided early on that hiding the truth about the outbreak, both at home and abroad, was a national priority. This put his country on a collision course with Washington and the world.
The Xi government has consistently denied hard evidence that Chinese officials were aware of human-to-human transmission at least in December, for not warning the world and misleading the gullible World Health Organization. Nor has it admitted that the government has destroyed virological samples from Wuhan.
Meanwhile, even though the CCP has “solemnly apologized” to Dr.’s family. Li Wenliang and acquitted for his efforts to warn of the epidemic, she continues to threaten and repress the brave Chinese whistleblowers who are trying to reveal the truth about what has happened in China.
Beijing wants to convince global public opinion that it has defeated the coronavirus and is able to help save the world. The CCP openly contrasts its alleged victory with conditions in the United States, claiming that the virus is raging unchecked in America because of President Trump’s ineffective action.
Yet the truth is more complex. The leaked video shows that the presumably closed Wuhan emergency hospitals are being moved outside the city, while officials have decided that asymptomatic patients, mainly in Wuhan, should not be counted as new cases, creating the false impression that there is no native distribution of the pathogen is more.
Thanks to the efforts of Chinese citizens and opposition media outlets, evidence is mounting day by day that the epidemic in China is far from under control. And instead of acting as an altruistic partner trying to help other affected countries, Beijing actually charges the nations for the relief it gives, even when those supplies are defective, as in the case of test kits sent to the Czech Republic .
The site of the cold war
In response to his government’s apparent failures during the corona virus crisis, Xi launched a worldwide propaganda campaign, mainly focused on America. As evidence of Washington’s bad faith, Beijing objected to the use of the terms “Wuhan flu” or “Chinese virus.” In turn, government spokesmen and scientists have blamed the U.S. for creating the coronavirus and releasing it to China, and Beijing has mobilized social media bots to spread the lies.
It seems that this rabid nationalism is sparked by some masses. A restaurant in Beijing was photographed with a banner congratulating America on its coronavirus crisis, and a civil suit was filed against Trump and the U.S. military for bringing the virus to Wuhan.
Analysis: Is a U.S.-China Cold War already underway? https://t.co/nkxbpn6bhd
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 15, 2020
Blaming Washington for the outbreak is paving the way for claiming that it was America that is causing the economic difficulties in which the Chinese economy appears to be slipping. There are also signs that Xi is continuing, if not expanding, its military actions in the controversial South China Sea, possibly as a way to stave off domestic criticism and warn other countries not to think China has been weakened by the pandemic.
In some ways, the coronavirus pandemic was just an excuse to completely let go of years of pent-up frustration and mistrust between Washington and Beijing. However, the CCP has, through its own choices, cast permanent doubt on its reliability as a global partner. Her behavior during the crisis can no longer be wiped out by diplomatic niceties that ignore the facts on the ground.
Given Xi’s cover-up, it’s not only reasonable but also necessary to ask how an American government, let alone the rest of the world, can rely more on what Chinese officials are saying. Those who believe that more involvement is the only way to solve common problems should wonder how a meaningful dialogue between American and Chinese leaders can take place, while China continues to lie about the virus’s origins and its own actions.
This poisoning of relations between America and China is the fuel for the new cold war and will not soon be forgotten. It may indeed have established the new standard between the two nations. It’s hard to imagine bands going back to pre-COVID levels quickly or never. For those committed to keeping as much of the post-1945 world order as possible, Beijing’s actions have shown that his long-professed claims of contributing to global governance are questionable, if not worthless, when they are most needed.
Really a new cold war about to begin?
But is all this really a new cold war, with its connotations of existential struggle? More relevantly, why should Washington, already burdened by the economic and medical crisis, lead the opposition to Xi’s global offensive? The commitment to the liberal order is high. If the Beijing regime succeeds in rewriting history and escaping censorship or pressure to change its behavior, the world will remain vulnerable to future Chinese public health and environmental problems.
In addition, countries such as Italy, Spain and Serbia, which have accepted emergency aid from the Chinese government, will be added to those that are increasingly dependent on Chinese trade through the One Belt One Road scheme; this will further build an emerging pro-Chinese political bloc that will increase Beijing’s influence and reach, further increasing bad behavior.
The US and China are on the brink of a new Cold War that could devastate the global economy https://t.co/O5NTfAz9HN
— Business Insider (@businessinsider) May 13, 2020
When there is a new cold war, efforts are made to uphold certain standards and norms that have benefited the world for seven decades. Beijing has long praised its techno-authoritarian model as superior to liberal forms of government. Surrendering victory to the fight against the coronavirus would reinforce the belief that the CCP’s repressive and opaque systems are the wave of the future.
Given Beijing’s propaganda success so far, it seems inevitable that the CCP will emerge from this crisis stronger than ever. Yet America should never forget that it has potential hundreds of millions of allies in the ordinary Chinese who are betrayed and oppressed by their government.
Their courage in shouting out party state officials and recording heartbreaking videos testifies to their desire for more responsible and not to be forgotten humane leaders. Other countries that tried to warn the world early on, such as Taiwan, should have a greater international role.
It is too early to understand the full extent of this new cold war. Suffice it to say that the old model is broken and Xi rightly fears that China must now regain world confidence. A long propaganda and proxy battle between Washington and Beijing is more likely than ever.
When emotions run high, the risk of an armed or unarmed encounter between the two is also increased. Ultimately, victory could turn out to be more resilient to the economy in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, proving which system is truly stronger.
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REF : Realclearpolitics.com