COVID-19 heightens US–China tensions

Author: Editorial Board, ANU As we try to imagine what the world will look like after COVID-19, a central question is whether the pandemic will exacerbate or alleviate tensions between the United States and China. In the past, major crises have been catalysts for cooperation between the world’s two leading powers. During the global financial […]

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COVID-19 and geopolitics in the Pacific

Authors: Anna Powles, Massey University and Jose Sousa-Santos, Victoria University The COVID-19 pandemic in the Pacific has several frontlines. In addition to health security, a geopolitical front has opened up: China and the contest for influence in the Pacific region. The Pacific is a contested arena between China and US allies such as Australia. It […]

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Struggling to marshal collective action against COVID-19

Authors: Alan S Alexandroff, University of Toronto, Colin Bradford, Brookings and Yves Tiberghien, UBC The COVID-19 pandemic is the latest and most dramatic manifestation of globalisation impacting people around the world. While the pandemic calls for global collective action, leading states and global institutions don’t appear prepared to come together and act decisively. Leaders argue […]

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The new US-China superpower rivalry

Author: Øystein Tunsjø, Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies The world has entered a new US–China bipolar international system. While China’s domestic stability and prosperity usually takes precedence, when it comes to foreign policy, Beijing’s priority is to manage its superpower rivalry with the United States. The January 2020 trade deal between China and the United […]

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