“Asia will play an increasingly important role – from the point of view of economics, security and technology. Now this is happening before our eyes,” he said at a video conference with the heads of diplomatic missions in Germany.
According to him, analysts have been talking about this for a long time, and the coronavirus only accelerated this process. “If the 21st century turns out to be the Asian century, and the 20th was the American, then the pandemic may well be remembered as a turning point in this process,” he added.
He noted that rivalry between Washington and Beijing often has a paralyzing effect on the multilateral system. And in many associations – the UN Security Council, G20, WHO – there is much more disagreement and veto than agreements.
The pandemic also showed that “the world is becoming more digital , as well as more controlled by the state.” And the main question is who will control digital networks and set standards. Josep Borrell believes that the world can become “less free, less prosperous, more unequal, more fragmented”
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