“New Europe” was the first mainstream newspaper, to assess the aggressive approach launched by Donald Trump against the Communist Party of China some three years ago. which he managed to turn it into the Cold War of the United States versus China. Whether right or wrong, it is a different issue.
Point is that the USA is in full-fledged Cold War against China and this war is extending into a generalized Cold War of the democratic West against the communist China. In this context, democratic western nations, in one way or another, are gradually populating the western alliance of the free, while China finds allies in the communist remains after the collapse of Soviet communism in late eighties.
In bringing the situation at the present point of “no return” Trump has trapped the next American President who no matter who will be, will have no choice but to continue and intensify the Cold War against China.
Cold War, up until gets no winner, it is a win-win situation for both sides which explains while it is highly unlikely to swift from Cold to Hot. Indeed, as it goes, it has only consolidation effects to both sides.
The Western society is in a deep socio-economic crisis which is stemming from the decade long austerity and overregulation in Europe and the corrupt administration of the Clintons in America coupled with the demolition of the, even primitive, social structures by Donald Trump. The situation both in Europe and the USA was about to explode up until the Virus issue appeared as an opportunity to stop or rather temporarily postpone social explosions giving time to the ruling elites to try to adapt societies to the new normal, which nobody can precisely say what it is, what changes will it imply and to what depth.
The damages of the Virus crisis besides the number of victims which statistically are not of an alarming magnitude, is only financial. It is only about money that nobody can safely say what it will mean in one- or two-years’ time. For the time being only the price of gold is growing, and this anticipates only anomalies.
The Cold War, in the sort-medium term has only beneficial effect to the ruling Chinese Communist Party, important for its survival. Cold War will necessarily isolate once again China from the free world, and this is the only way for CCP to stay in power. Indeed, the Chinese communist invention to combine communism with free economy, flagrantly failed and the return to the status quo ante in China, as it is the only way for survival for the Peking communist system. This imply invention of real or imaginary “foreign enemies”, isolation, and, stricter communist rule which in a Machaeridian approach will eliminate all potential threats to its supremacy.
However, as all wars in history of humankind, had a beginning, a mid, which is what we now sense, and an end, the end of it will produce a clear winner.
If the winner is China, it will be the end of the civilization of freedom and human dignity as humanity will witness the communist Sinicization of everything. That scenario seems most difficult to happen but not impossible. The greatest chapters in history are based in human mistakes. However, free people have the power to imagine and to invent and this is what makes possibilities for the West to lose this war nil.
If the free West emerge as the winner of this war, the loser will not be China but Communism. China will be liberated, and Chinese people will join the future western civilization. The new normal will be rather close to the Chinese philosophy, minimalistic, with everything in moderation and anthropocentric. Millennia long qualities in the DNA of the Chinese people which are still there, intact, despite the desperate efforts of the Peking communists to eradicate.