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Broken Frontiers - Is The China And USA Relations Broken?

Friendship is like a glass ornament, once it is broken it can rarely be put back together in the same way- Charles Kingsley.

Is the relationship between China and the USA broken? 

" The history of the relationship can be traced back, to when the United States first gained independence. The relationship between the two countries has been, until recent years, quite strong, complex, and even somewhat positive in various aspects. Both countries used to have an extremely extensive economic partnership, and, the great amount of trade between the two countries necessitated constructive political relations, but significant issues still exist. 

The relationship is of economic cooperation, hegemonic rivalry in the Pacific, and mutual suspicion over each other's intentions. Therefore, each nation has adopted a wary attitude regarding the other as a potential adversary but has meanwhile maintained an extremely strong economic partnership.

The relationship has been described by world leaders and academics as the world's most important bilateral relationship of the 21st century." - Wikipedia

With the outbreak of Coronavirus, one can't help but wonder if the solid relationship that exists between the two great nations is fractured?

According to the Lexington of the economist; "Mr Trump’s effort to redefine relations with China as fundamentally competitive may prove to be his most enduring legacy. Contrary to his politicking, even Democrats now see the relationship in those terms. His management of it, as the pandemic highlights, is a different story: it shows how America can lose.

Faced with the first great crisis of his presidency, Donald Trump fell back on his go-to tactic: blame China. His decision in January to bar non-American visitors from the country appears to have been his only prompt action against the coronavirus. After that failed to prevent it from penetrating America’s borders, he has been insisting on China’s responsibility for the pathogen.

While the disease was concentrated in China, Mr Trump called it by its approved name, coronavirus. Since it arrived in America, he has referred to it, in daily tweets and briefings, as the “China virus”. Others in his administration use the “Wuhan virus”, including Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state. He is reported to have demanded the g7 group of industrial countries calls it by that name. A White House staffer is said to prefer the phrase “Kung flu”.

It is easy to see what Mr Trump is about. He wants to distract from his administration’s failure to contain the disease—such that America, despite having had months to prepare for it, will soon have more covid-19 cases than China. He also sees in the issue an opportunity to own the libs." -

What has happened so far with the US-China trade row?

Amongst all that's happened and is still happening with the US-China trade row, the one that's creating the most interest is the conflict with China, as the world's two largest economies wrangle for global influence.

China has accused the US of launching the "largest trade war in economic history.

The BBC News reported this; "The US has been embroiled in a tit-for-tat trade battle on several fronts over the past few months. 

Mr Trump has imposed taxes on imports from China, Mexico, Canada, and the EU, to encourage consumers to buy American products. All of these countries have retaliated.

The US has imposed three rounds of tariffs on Chinese products this year, totalling $250bn worth of goods.

The first two rounds placed 25% tariffs on $50bn worth of imports from China, and Beijing retaliated in kind.

Washington delivered a sharp escalation in the trade conflict in September with another set of tariffs, this time on Chinese goods worth $200bn.

Those taxes will take effect from 24 September, starting at 10% and increasing to 25% from the start of next year unless the two countries agree on a deal.

Mr Trump has warned even more could be on the way. The US president said if China retaliates, then Washington would impose fresh tariffs on $267bn worth of Chinese products.

If Trump goes ahead with that round of import taxes, it would mean virtually all of China's exports to the US would be subject to duties." -

China and the US, will both need to take a bilateral treaty that would enable a new equilibrium for their relationship. The result would strengthen the confidence of each side, especially with the outbreak of the pandemic called "coronavirus." They would also be able to, protect their core interests, values, and nurture their strength, alliances, and partnership.

Both countries are strong and proud but working together towards coexistence will be rewarding. It won't come easy nor cheap. It would require patience and bravery.

Is the relationship there? Not yet. But, it's pointing towards those directions. It's obvious both countries will be needing some marital therapy.

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