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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.