US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The coronavirus epidemic not only undermined the world economy and hit international trade. During an epidemic that affected almost all aspects of people’s lives, international conflicts escalated.
Countries in crisis situations are particularly keen to respond to various conflict situations, which are also caused by the response to the epidemic and its related consequences.
Below we will talk about international crises that worsened during the coronavirus epidemic.
China and US
Before the start of the coronavirus epidemic, relations between China and the United States could not be called warm. President Donald Trump often made harsh remarks about the leadership of China, and in addition, launched a real trade war, declaring protectionist measures as a way to protect the US economy.
However, during the coronavirus epidemic, which undermined the economies of both countries, relations between the two countries began to deteriorate even more, although, it would seem, there is nowhere worse. Thus, experts fear that such dynamics could lead to a real Cold War between the two powers.
Conflicts and recriminations affect almost all areas – technology, trade, espionage and economic relations.
The agreement reached by Donald Trump and Xi Jinping in January of this year may fail, experts fear, despite assurances from both sides that they will do their best to implement the agreements.
The situation also escalated as a result of the US accusing WHO of allegedly supporting China, while threatening to deprive the international organization of funding.
In addition, China is accused of the USA that the virus appeared allegedly because of a “leak” from a laboratory in Wuhan.
China and Taiwan
Even before the start of the coronavirus epidemic, China recognized Taiwan as an autonomous territory that is part of the PRC. Taiwan itself designates itself as a separate state, but its sovereignty is recognized only by 23 states of the world.
Addressing the status of Taiwan is one of the important issues in international politics. At the same time, during the epidemic, the situation around Taiwan escalated.
In particular, China has always reacted especially sharply to the issue of arms supplies to Taiwan.
So, last week, China opposed France to sell weapons to Taiwan, which are planned to be purchased as part of the modernization of the navy. In particular, 30 years ago, France sold six frigates to Taiwan, and so far there has been a need for their modernization.
China, however, stated that not a single country supporting diplomatic relations of the PRC can supply weapons to Taiwan.
Another reason for the conflict was the situation around WHO. Thus, the United States is seeking WHO to grant Taiwan observer status at the World Health Assembly. At the same time, WHO member countries decided to postpone the issue of the status of Taiwan, despite the fact that the United States insists on this. China, like other countries, opposed.
China and Australia
The trade war affected not only China’s relations with the United States, but also with Australia. So, China on May 19 introduced anti-dumping duties on the import of barley from Australia. In particular, China accused Australia of dumping, which damages the national economy of China, which forced the country to introduce tariffs in the amount of 80.5%.
Undoubtedly, such a step cannot but lead to a deterioration in relations between the two countries.
Despite this, Australian authorities said they were not waging a trade war with China.
However, Australian authorities called on China to account for the origin of the coronavirus, which undermined the economies of many countries. In particular, Australia requested an independent investigation into the causes of the spread of the COVID-19 virus. China and the United States did not support the initiative.
Great Britain and the European Union
The difficult situation with the British exit from the European Union developed long before the start of the coronavirus epidemic. Nevertheless, as in any crisis situation, relations between the parties have escalated.
According to the parties, as a result of the third round of negotiations, during which the details of the relationship between the parties after Britain left the EU were discussed, progress was not significant. So, each side is trying to achieve the most profitable option for its economy, but the result so far has disappointed both sides.
Negotiations are also complicated by the fact that EU negotiator Michel Barnier contracted the coronavirus and is currently in quarantine in his home in France.
The UK is currently building its relations with the EU under interim rules, which are valid until January 1 of next year. Thus, the parties have a little more than six months to reach agreement on all aspects of the relationship.
US and Venezuela
The real information bomb of recent days was the news of an attempted coup in Venezuela. In particular, a group of people invaded the country, but their coup was prevented, and the people caught during interrogation admitted that they were mercenaries who tried to catch Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
Moreover, the detained military are recognized in connection with the Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido. During interrogations of the detained military, it was discovered that they all worked for Silvercorp, an American private security company.
At the same time, the US rejects all allegations, saying that they have nothing to do with this event.
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