After the end of the coronavirus pandemic in the world, clashes between the US and China are unlikely to stop. This opinion is shared by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on May 18.
The deputy minister noted that during the pandemic, Washington increased political and psychological pressure on Beijing in all directions, and today there is a “growing severity of rivalry” between the parties.
“There are no issues on the current international agenda from the category of main and priority issues where our American colleagues would not add an element of political and psychological pressure to China within the framework of the concept of rivalry between the great powers,” he said during a video lecture for MGIMO students.
According to Ryabkov, Washington decided to take advantage of the pandemic situation and “try to solve certain geopolitical problems on its own terms,” however, Beijing will not delay in answering.
Russia, in turn, is alarmed by the tensions between China and the United States. However, disagreements with China will not prevent American politicians from continuing to “tarnish” the Russian Federation. Ryabkov called such a policy of Washington an element of “playing on the mood of voters.”
“It would be naive to expect that the US will switch from Russia to China. <…> Our toxicity against the background of the virus, unfortunately, for Americans, especially for politicians and political scientists, will not decrease, ”he added.
Relations between China and the United States escalated amid suspicions by the American side of China’s spread of the coronavirus. So, Washington has repeatedly accused Beijing of hiding the real extent of the pandemic. U.S. President Donald Trump said he had information about the creation of SARS-CoV-2 in the Wuhan laboratory, and later allowed a complete cessation of relations with China due to the situation with COVID-19. Options for possible punishment or financial compensation from the PRC are discussed in the US Presidential Administration.
In Beijing, they repeatedly denied suspicions at their own expense and protested.
In addition, since July 2018, the trade confrontation between China and the USA has been stretching. Then Washington introduced a duty of 25% on the import of 818 types of Chinese goods with a total volume of $ 34 billion per year. Beijing responded by taking mirror measures. Later, the parties introduced new duties. On May 8, 2020, the parties confirmed their readiness to create favorable conditions for the first phase of the previously concluded trade agreement.