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US-China relations slowly but surely going to point of no return


Year 2020 has seen drastic changing in world’s political scenarios and diplomatic relationships leading to chaotic dynamic reshuffling – some revolving around Covid-19 led situations directly and some not so much. But the uncertain times that we are living in currently due to pandemic crisis can be directly attributed to the global diplomatic confusion.

Relationship between two countries with rather strong global standing are facing turbulent times, and what implies is that the turbulence might not be fading away soon but rather be more permanent. US and China have been dismantling, step by step, the decades of relationship at political and economic stage, and social engagements. The rather cut throat and hawkish views and voices at both sides are arising a new era full of confrontations and reciprocating actions.

President Donald Trump who is set for re-election this November has been fairing badly in national polls. The result is, what experts say, a desperate attempt to win voters before the set election date. The gradually intensifying attacks on China – from Coronavirus to diplomatic attacks on its officials – Trump’s administration is not leaving any stone unturned. The strategy might have reinforced his key campaign message “Make America Great Again” and won back some of his supporters. But the political experts say that in fear of losing elections the administration is trying to build up some changes in diplomatic relations and likewise that might be irreversible and cause some serious implications.

On the other hand, China’s President Xi Jinping has retaliated with an equal flame. He has brushed aside the global concern of China rising authoritatively and went ahead to showcase his political power and standing. He has shown it very well by imposing the harsh national security law in Hong Kong and not backing down from the human rights violations against Uighurs in Xinjiang, despite being criticized at a global stage. This has made the relations between Beijing and Washington to deteriorate rapidly.

The strategic and ideological clashes and confrontations between two largest economies is ensued.

Trump’s officials and advisers believe that a stance of coercion and confrontation, aggression must be the go-to status quo when dealing with China’s Communist Party. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a speech last week that any diplomatic tie and relationship is based on “distrust and verify”.

Pompeo said, “We must admit a hard truth that should guide us in the years and decades to come: that if we want to have a free 21st century, and not the Chinese century of which Xi Jinping dreams, the old paradigm of blind engagement with China simply won’t get it done. We must not continue it and we must not return to it.”

Last week’s developments of US ordering closure of Chinese Houston Consulate and China in reciprocation shutting down US consulate in Chengdu have brought a brand new strain in the relationship between Washington and Beijing.

The heated language combined with aggressive policy changes and actions are proving to be galvanizing the already spiraling down relations between the two nations. The implications might be too great to be undone in following years. The impact this will have on a global stage is to be watched out for.

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