Take note of Tibet
The power of infrastructure
Sanjay Kr. Mandal
Summer Research Intern, Ministry of Commerce, Govt. of India
A blighted relationship
With both the United States and China facing severe economic damage due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as acute levels of domestic instability set off by political events – the ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests in the US, and ongoing demonstrations in Hong Kong for Beijing – they cannot afford such ongoing antagonism. It will take time but the US will ultimately need China as a supplier of low-cost goods as it tries to climb out of its economic slough, while China, still an export-led economy, will look to the American consumer as its largest customer.
On top of this, accusations of double standards are being aimed at Washington from Beijing – with some justification – as President Trump responded to peaceful protesters with police brutality and military force, even as he castigated Beijing for its own response to the protests in Hong Kong.