Covid-19 and US-China Relations
Six areas to seek bilateral cooperation
Dr M. Usmani
Relations between the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China were already very tense before the Covid-19 crisis. China’s assertiveness on the international stage since the 2008 financial crisis and especially since President Xi Jinping rose to power in 2012-2013 has helped cement a bipartisan consensus in the United States that a tougher and more competitive approach toward the PRC is required. In these trying times, the common threat posed by coronavirus could have provided an occasion for de-escalation of tensions if both capitals had decided to cooperate to tackle it together and alongside others. However, the pandemic has proven only to be a source of greater friction, rather than greater cooperation, between the two countries.
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