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China's turn to play a leader again

  • John Riady

    Jakarta

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Jakarta   /   Tue, January 26 2021   /  01:00 am
Done deal: Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (right) claps hands next to other country signatories during the signing ceremony for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade pact at the ASEAN summit held online in Hanoi on Sunday. (AFP/Nhac Nguyen)

China must use its domestic emergence from the coronavirus pandemic to resume its leadership of international affairs in partnership with other global stakeholders. This is but natural, because attention turns to how winners and losers can come together to create a new world order, and a new equilibrium, in the aftermath of great wars. World War I resulted in the formation of the League of Nations, which was meant to prevent the next global conflict. That attempt proved unsuccessful, but World War II led to the durable creation of the United Nations and of Bretton Woods institutions, namely, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.  They helped to keep the global strategic and economic peace even amid the nuclear contest of wills between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Institutions matter in the preservation of international peace and sta...