China Is Defensive. The U.S. Is Absent. Can the Rest of the World Fill the Void?

The site of a meeting in June between President Trump and the Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, in Osaka, Japan.
Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Date of Publication: May 11, 2020

Source: The New York Times

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a revival of multilateralism – alliance of multiple countries to pursue a common goal – in the world’s middle powers. Countries in Europe and Asia are now creating new relationships centered on public health and trade issues.

Middle-power countries are planning a future reflecting on what they feel are two big COVID-19 pandemic lessons: risks of China’s authoritarian government, which resulted in lack of transparency, and the inability of the United States to lead when it is struggling to handle the pandemic and has “America first” foreign policies.

Currently, many middle-power countries are sharing with each other their responses to the pandemic and supporting shared solutions for the future. The middle-power dynamic may only last for the duration of the pandemic, but this fluid working group with rotating leaders offers an opportunity to fill the gaps and do what a lesser could not do on its own.

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Summary by: Jayoti Rana