A visitor is reflected in a puddle along the East Side Gallery in Berlin. The lack of a geopolitical focal point akin to Berlin during the Cold War is one of several reasons that drawing parallels between US-China and US-Soviet-Union competition misses the mark. Photo: EPA
A visitor is reflected in a puddle along the East Side Gallery in Berlin. The lack of a geopolitical focal point akin to Berlin during the Cold War is one of several reasons that drawing parallels between US-China and US-Soviet-Union competition misses the mark. Photo: EPA
Gregory Mitrovich
Opinion

Opinion

Gregory Mitrovich

US-China relations: invoking the Cold War ignores the Covid-19 pandemic and wider context

  • The lack of an ideological conflict or clear geopolitical point of contention, as well as the presence of Covid-19, are differences that must not be overlooked
  • The looming threat of multiple waves of the pandemic, as in the 1918 influenza outbreak, could ultimately force the US and China into a more cooperative relationship

A visitor is reflected in a puddle along the East Side Gallery in Berlin. The lack of a geopolitical focal point akin to Berlin during the Cold War is one of several reasons that drawing parallels between US-China and US-Soviet-Union competition misses the mark. Photo: EPA
A visitor is reflected in a puddle along the East Side Gallery in Berlin. The lack of a geopolitical focal point akin to Berlin during the Cold War is one of several reasons that drawing parallels between US-China and US-Soviet-Union competition misses the mark. Photo: EPA
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