- As US-China ties worsen, Washington is pushing its allies to form a united front against Beijing. A new cold war is not in China’s best interests
- There is a growing suspicion that Washington is laying a trap and deliberately provoking Beijing to react irrationally for the sake of its domestic politics
As the US entered the 100-day countdown to the presidential election, with Donald Trump bruised by falling polling numbers and his abject failure to contain the raging coronavirus pandemic in the country, fears are growing that his administration could make even more extraordinary moves to provoke China by pushing for a total breakdown of relations or even outright military conflict in the coming months.
Already, Washington made the unusual move to shut down the Chinese consulate in Houston on spying allegations, a highly suspect move given the fact that all embassies or consulates, including American ones, are involved in intelligence gathering – that is how the game is played. This prompted Beijing to take the tit-for-tat move of closing the US consulate in Chengdu, marking a dramatic escalation of tensions between the two great powers.