United States-China Dichotomy and Its Impact on Post Covid-19 Global Politics: A Critical Analysis

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Md. Saifullah Akon

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COVID-19 pandemic, a disaster for humankind in the twenty-first century, has posed a significant impact over the already established US-centred global order. This established order has been challenged by the rise of China, particularly due to some uneven trade war between the two global giants: the United States and China. This US-China dichotomy is further enhanced due to the outbreak of the current COVID-19 pandemic. The inward policy of the United States during the pandemic and the growing cooperation of China in preventing the pandemic is establishing China as a saviour to the coronavirus-affected countries. Considering the rivalry between the United States and China amid the pandemic, the main objective of the paper is to find out their global responses to COVID-19 and how they maximise their opportunities to lead the post-COVID-19 global order.  This article argues that China’s ‘One Belt, One Road (OBOR)’ policy could be one of the forefront issues for Chinese leaders to lead the post-COVID-19 global order due to Trump’s inward ‘America First’ policy. Finally, the article examines the challenges of China to formulate its desire to changing global order having the US-China dichotomy and geopolitical barriers as well.

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AKON, Md. Saifullah. United States-China Dichotomy and Its Impact on Post Covid-19 Global Politics: A Critical Analysis. MJIR | Malaysian Journal of International Relations, [S.l.], v. 8, n. 1, p. 1-19, dec. 2020. ISSN 2600-8181. Available at: <https://mjir.um.edu.my/article/view/23880>. Date accessed: 19 jan. 2021. doi: https://doi.org/10.22452/mjir.vol8no1.1.
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