In May 2020, China and India once again clashed at various points along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) that marks the unofficial border between the two countries, primarily in the Ladakh region (on May 5 and 6) and at Naku La in the Sikkim region (on May 10). Although minimal violence occurred, the significance of the clashes should not be overlooked, as the situation has the potential to escalate into a large-scale military conflict.
In a surprising and perhaps dramatic move, Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad tendered his resignation to the country's King, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, on February 24. Over the past few days, analysts have scrambled to provide a reasonable explanation of the unfolding political crisis in the country and foresee its potential trajectories.
While the Chinese-US relations have been characterized by a conflictual nature since the arrival of the Donald Trump administration in January 2017, the current crisis, that had started to take shape between both countries in light of the COVID-19 virus crisis, is perhaps the most serious in the history of the relations between both countries. It involves the risks of building an international anti-China bloc if the US manages to hold China responsible for the synthetic (artificial) origin of the virus and its “intentional laziness” in warning countries of the world of the consequences of this disease and to convince the largest number possible of countries of this assumption. This would have serious strategic implications for China at more than one level.
The concentration of the COVID-19 crisis in China, during the period from December 2019 till February 2020, has resulted in the disruption of many of those chains. This has resulted in the disruption of production in a number of major companies, both inside and outside China. This has then resulted in questions being raised about the feasibility of relying on Chinese supply chains. However, with the further spread of the virus and its extension to Europe, the US and most other regions, the supply chain problems have gained a global rather than a Chinese nature. Thus, the question of the feasibility of reliance on Chinese supply chains has shifted to the discussion of the supply chain problem in general.
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