Monday May 25, 2020

US and China’s new Cold War may already be upon us

The ugly exchanges of insults and slogans, with little intelligence or strategy on display, are how nations sleepwalk into confrontation

3rd May, 2020
US President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping; the US is ramping up its claim that China covered up the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan. Picture: Getty

At the risk of simplifying history, one can say that the Cold War began with a telegram. In Moscow in February 1946, the US diplomat George F Kennan sent a diplomatic cable to the State Department in Washington. His 8,000-word dispatch, known as the Long Telegram, established the intellectual framework for the US policy of containment of the USSR.

The next cold war might begin with a tweet. Twitter is a favoured means of communication for...

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