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Entering second Cold War after COVID-19

  • Marsetio

Jakarta   /   Sat, May 23 2020   /  01:31 am

The year 2020 has seen the Earth stand still as the spread of COVID-19 has pushed countries throughout the world into lockdowns and has limited the movement of society for months. It might seem that the world is at relative peace as industries, businesses and government offices close and people practice rigid social and physical distancing.

That idea, however, is a false hope. The fact that COVID-19 has infected more than 4.7 million people and killed over 300,000 globally as of May 17 apparently has not stopped some of the world’s major powers from continuing their arch-rivalries.

The United States has deployed warships to the South China Sea, launched medium-range missiles and sent its bomber planes to fly over the waters. In the East China Sea, Washington deployed USS America, a light aircraft carrier. The US has even made it clear that its nuclear arms and personnel r...