And the Chinese American War continues.
Amid the constant reciprocal accusations between the US and China about Covid 19, the American-Chinese ′′ war ′′ continues, both through the economy and on the international geopolitical scene.
In the economic field,, China has paid dearly for the drastic measures it took in the first quarter against the coronavirus. The second quarter experienced a recovery in its growth, which increased 3,2 % compared to the corresponding period of 2019, according to information published by the Statistical Office on July 16 This improvement is due to investment and industrial production, which is certainly organized as usual by the state. That’s why many are wondering if this croisson will be sustainable or not. The situation is bound to be closely followed by the United States, which continues to trade war with China, winning new allies to their cause. So is the case of Great Britain which, at the initiative of the Johnson government, excluded Chinese company Huawei from the UK mobile network market 5 G. The decision was made despite Chinese protests calling it ′′ sad ′′ and ′′ political “.
On the international geopolitical scene, the tension between the two superpowers has concentrated between Hong Kong, Xinjiang and South China Sea. Beijing considers the ′′ South Sea ′′ to be historically owned by him. It claims almost every small islands in the area as well as the maritime area surrounding them. And behave like it’s Chinese territory.
This attitude, Washington by Mike Pompeo’s voice, not only condemns it, but also invokes the Hague court which, in 2016, following a Philippine request, did not declare ′′ historical ′′ sovereignty from China on the region. Beijing does not accept this decision and refuses to take it into account. She considers that all islands are an indivisible unit that belongs to her.
America, on the contrary, wants an ′′ Indo-Pacific ′′ region open to all and not closed.
It was in fact to impose her position that she did not hesitate, many times, to launch military exercises in the South China Sea, including the last time, early July, the presence of two aircraft carrier. China did not react, just verbally criticizing Washington for ′′ causing chaos “, adding that, if necessary, Beijing would do anything for its sovereignty and security. At the same time, to protest against the territorial closure (which China calls ′′ educational centres ′′) of more than one million Uyghurs, a Muslim minority that people the Xinjiang region, the United States has announced that it is prohibited from entering the United States territory the three administrative and political officials in this region, who would be the main culprits of this dictatorial behavior. In retaliation, China has banned the entry of three US MPs, which it considers to be anti-communist hawks.
What America is doing, in terms of economy, diplomatic symbolic or geopolitical manipulation, causes an immediate response from Beijing, which, in the context of the reaction, responds with the same currency. Not to mention, on both sides, the freezing of capital in their respective banks, for reasons that relate more to psychological strategy movements, than to real economic differences.
All this climate of confrontation reminds, even though it did not completely disappear, the time of the Russian-American ′′ cold ′′ war. But the center of the international geopolitical game is now located in South-East Asia, in the China-Usa battle. And this might last a long time, with unpredictable consequences.
Demosthens Davvetas – Professor of Art Philosophy, poet, artist