The world “after” may be worse than before

Le monde «d'après» peut-être pire qu'avant

The epidemic of COVID-19 only exacerbates the “fractures” the world, the rivalry, the sino-american and, ultimately, weaken the multilateralism, said Monday the head of French diplomacy, Jean-Yves Le Drian.

“My fear is that the world of the after looks furiously at the world before, but in worse,” he said in an interview with the daily Le Monde released on Monday.

“It seems to me that we are witnessing an amplification of fractures that undermine the international order for years. The pandemic is the continuation, by other means, of the struggle between powers,” he added.


Suspension of american aid to the WHO

President Donald Trump has notably suspended the u.s. contribution to the world health Organization (WHO), which he accused of being under the influence of China, the cradle of the COVID-19, in full pandemic of the novel coronavirus.

“It is the questioning standing of multilateralism,” noted the French minister of foreign Affairs, the United States had already disengaged from a multitude of international organizations under the chairmanship Trump.

“This struggle (between powers, editor’s note), it is the systematisation of the relations of force that we saw climbing before, with the exacerbation of the rivalry, the sino-american”, continued Jean-Yves Le Drian.

The president of the United States, the country most affected by the COVID-19, accuses China, where appeared the disease, having “concealed” the severity of the pandemic and not to reveal the true count its dead.

The diplomatic tensions are recurring between the two countries since the coming to power of Donald Trump in early 2017.

Washington has engaged on several other fronts against Beijing, denouncing its military expansion in the south China sea to the charges of industrial espionage. The two powers have, however, found in January in a trade agreement in the form of a truce in their war of customs duties.

International competition

Jean-Yves Le Drian said “the extension of international competition, or even confrontation, in all sectors”, including the “field of information” where the great powers compete in the comparison of their respective models of crisis management of the COVID-19.

The “decline” of the United States, which “seem reluctant to play their leadership role at the global level,” makes it difficult “collective action” on major global issues and encourages the aspirations of power of China, he also noted.

“As a result, China feels in a situation to be able to say one day I am the power and the” leadership”, pointed out the head of French diplomacy.

In this game of powers, Europe has its place, it must “be a destiny of leadership” rather than “reflect on itself” as it does in the crisis, current health, he insisted.

China also needs to “respect” the european Union, which is not always the case”, he further stressed. “Sometimes, Beijing plays on the fragmentation in the EU”, he regretted.

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