US-China Relations Worsen Amid Pandemic: Economist

The COVID-19 pandemic could have been an opportunity for the U.S. and China to cooperate and disregard previous enmity. On the contrary, both countries approach the worst period since the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989 through mutual exchanges of blame and conspiracy theories. The first-stage deal to stop the trade war has been signed, but tensions continue in other areas. In January, China ignored an US request, allowing disease-control experts to assess the early-stage outbreak in Wuhan. Later, the Trump administration barred non-American visitors from China, arousing criticism of China. On journalism, the United States designated five Chinese media outlets as foreign government entities and later expelled 60 Chinese reporters. In return, China asked almost all Americans working for Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the Washington Post in China to leave mainland China and even Hong Kong, the biggest mass expulsion of Western reporters since 1949. Current relations are far worse than those during the presidencies of Barack Obama and Hu Jintao, when mutual distrust did not disrupt effective cooperation on significant issues, such as global financial crisis and climate change. – YaleGlobal

US-China Relations Worsen Amid Pandemic: Economist

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States and China exchange blame and criticism rather than cooperation, and relations erode
The Economist
Thursday, March 26, 2020

Read the article from the Economist about how COVID-19 is eroding Chinese-US relations.

Percentage American opinion on China: Favorable	Unfavorable 2005	43%	35% 2006	52%	29% 2007	42%	39% 2008	39%	42% 2009	50%	38% 2010	49%	36% 2011	51%	36% 2012	40%	40% 2013	37%	52% 2014	35%	55% 2015	38%	54% 2016	37%	55% 2017	44%	47% 2018	38%	47% 2019	26%	60%
(Source: Pew Research Center)

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