Weekend Reads At the UN, Trump attacks China which rejects the idea of ​​a "new cold war"

21:35  22 september  2020
21:35  22 september  2020 Source:   latribune.fr

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In other words, Trump is ready for a grand bargain with China that would seek to increase America’s wealth, even at the expense of America’s Ironically, the re-election of Trump in November 2020 could be about the only chance to avoid a new Cold War – perhaps even World War III – in an

President Trump and China ’s leader, Xi Jinping, at a bilateral meeting at the Group of 20 summit in For years, officials and historians have dismissed the idea that a new Cold War was emerging Such blocs would not have been unfamiliar at the height of the Cold War . China has also wielded its vast

  A l'ONU, Trump attaque la Chine qui rejette l'idée d'une © Supplied by La Tribune

The UN General Assembly opened on Tuesday on a warning from the head of the United Nations against a "new cold war" which threatens the planet in the midst of a pandemic, immediately followed by a virulent attack by Donald Trump against China.

"The United Nations must hold China responsible for its actions" at the start of COVID-19 and for having "unleashed this plague across the world," said the President of the United States about COVID-19, among the first to intervene in a video recorded on the occasion of this annual high mass organized virtually because of the health crisis.

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An all-out war with China is still highly unlikely, but a new Cold War is something that many believe is already underway. “The foreign policy of the United States, which reflects the imperialist tendencies of American monopolistic capital, is characterized in the postwar period by a striving for world

But the Chinese view skates over the extent to which Beijing itself has contributed to the emergence of a second cold war . Given the levels of economic and social integration between the US and China , some scholars argue that the cold war may not be the best historical analogy — although some of the

Calling once again the coronavirus of "Chinese virus", a formula which arouses the ire of Beijing, he accused the Chinese authorities of having, at the beginning of the epidemic, authorized "the planes to leave China and to infect the world".

"The Chinese government and the World Health Organization, which is almost controlled by China, have wrongly declared that there is no evidence of human transmission" of the virus, he has since lamented. the White House, thus justifying the withdrawal of the United States from this UN agency.

The "great divide"

The Republican billionaire, whose management of the Covid-19 is highly contested and seems to hamper his chances of re-election to the presidential election on November 3, has promised to "distribute a vaccine", "to defeat the virus", and "end the pandemic" to enter "a new and unprecedented era of prosperity, cooperation and peace". He also praised his talents as a "peacemaker", a week after the signing at the White House of historic agreements between Israel and two Arab Gulf countries, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

At the UN, Trump attacks China which rejects the idea of ​​a "new cold war"

 At the UN, Trump attacks China which rejects the idea of ​​a © Ludovic MARIN The flag of the United Nations in New York on September 23, 2019 Donald Trump strongly attacked China on Tuesday at the UN General Assembly, illustrating the risk of a "new cold war" which threatens the planet in the midst of a pandemic.

Trump ’s anti- China fixation has recklessly driven the world into a new Cold War where tensions and international relations have become twisted and polarized in zero-sum Nevertheless, it is doubtful that Trump would have altered his tirade at the behest of appeals for international comity. How could he?

If a cold war is breaking out, why now? Although the United States and Soviet Union had different What is new is President Trump , who has both introduced a distinctive animosity toward China and At the moment, confrontation with China might seem to offer something for everyone, much as the

Donald Trump has continued his anti-China offensive in the environmental and commercial field. Chinese President Xi Jinping was to answer him shortly after, still no pre-recorded video interposed.

But, without delay, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres issued a strong warning against a "great divide" between the "two largest economies", "each with its own trade and financial rules, its internet, its capacities in artificial intelligence ".

Faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, "the world needs a global ceasefire to stop all 'hot' conflicts, doing everything to avoid a new Cold War", he insisted , at the podium of a semi-deserted hemicycle in the UN headquarters in New York.

"It is a very dangerous direction," he warned, denouncing the growing Sino-American rivalry.

It is an unprecedented General Assembly that begins.

Building almost empty for a distant diplomacy

The building is almost empty, no leader has made the trip. All were dissuaded from coming because of the disease by the American authorities. Rather than postpone this annual diplomatic high mass, the organizers have chosen the virtual mode, with recorded videos.

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Trump still seems to think that this trade war is going to lead to an easy win. Earlier this week, Trump boasted at a rally: "When I came we were heading in a certain direction that was going to allow China to be bigger than us in a That has rankled Beijing, with some likening it to the start of a new Cold War .

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A time considered, the arrival of Donald Trump was abandoned.

It "lacks emotion," sighs Richard Gowan of the Crisis Group think tank. And several diplomats to add in unison: without bilateral, without "diplomacy under the table", how to find solutions, compromises on the conflicts which shake the planet, improve relations between countries?

On the UN website, the speeches of the 193 members will be linked for a week, featuring the leaders of the planet: the Chinese Xi Jinping in front of a mural of the Great Wall, others in parks presidential or palace buildings, while some will favor the sobriety brightened up by the flag of their country.

The corridors are deserted and journalists are rare, a stark contrast to previous years which saw more than 10,000 people - presidents, heads of government, ministers and other diplomats - converge on this district of Manhattan transformed into a bunker by the police.

Fearing the technical incident, the Organization asked to receive the videos of the speeches four days before their broadcast, prohibiting any spontaneity or reactivity to the news.

In 1945, the United Nations was created so that the world would never again experience global conflict. A third world war did not occur but the COVID-19 pandemic, caused by an invisible virus, has brought the planet to its knees with nearly a million deaths since the end of December and a devastating economic and social impact.

Faced with the crisis and countries more inclined to unilateral decisions than to favor multilateralism, the UN has "missed the date" for its 75th anniversary, noted many experts, and its General Assembly this year in is the illustration.

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