Sunday, August 14, 2022

THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND THE COMPETITIVE CHANGE IN WORLD POLITICS

 

The coronavirus comes as a political test to international governments in many ways. The prominent question is whether the governments have concerns about their health or the capabilities to provide the needed care for their citizens. In democratic governments, a threat looms in the future elections, with the current government systems being at risk despite some even being on the verge of losing before the pandemic.

 

In similar dimensions, authoritarian systems are likely to witness political turmoil with the current situation in China resulting in public unrest. Such acts of disregard for the public interests brought back painful memories seen in the country during Mao’s rule. This crisis may strengthen opposition towards Jinping as the communist party threatens his future position.

 

Xi’s action as a lifetime president and his constant war on graft created many enemies for him within the country. Despite China witnessing one of the deadliest effects of the pandemic, the country extends its assistance to similarly affected European nations like Italy and France. This act demonstrates the government’s ability both for its citizens and the international platform. Despite the fantastic International image possessed by the European powers, the countries still require the Chinese help resulting in the attainment of instrumental power by china.

 

In the end, China will appear at the top of the image, considering how the European nations welcomed the assistance. However, despite the welcome, most countries are aware of the consequences of accepting Chinese grants. Most governments also blame it for concealing the information about the virus in the initial stages. A situation easily controlled had the country provide real data of the virus. Consequently, the virus lessens trust between China and many countries like the USA.

 

The current assistance to suffering nations appears to be a move to repair its damaged international reputation. Politically, the rise of the COVID-19 crisis intensified the competition of global powers for both influence and control of world markets. However, the game is likely to lead to broken international relations due to the two leading global economies’ economic sanctions. Significant competition would require a relaxation of the sanctions to facilitate an open market policy. The current systems within the leading economies tend to limit development in place of political glory.

 

Economically, the nations will likely remain poorer owing to the immense nature of resources deployed in the health ministries. With the reduced levels of international travel, exports reduced drastically across the world. As a result, most economies resulted in borrowing loans to offset the devastation brought by the virus. This situation might lead to a change in political balances in post-pandemic periods.

 

Domestically, member states of the EU should focus less on the budget’s rationality and shift their attention towards social justice. The economic block should also go back to the founding policies and assess the long-term goals. In case the virus acts as a wake-up call, its effects shall not be in vain. They shall have transformed the world politically into independent blocks.

Kaitlyn Aliperti
Carleton University student in Public Affairs and Policy Management

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