Sofia. Source: Focus Information Agency
The US-China dispute over free trade should be in the focus of international attention, not Russia, Alex Alexiev, Chairman of the Center for Black Sea and Balkan Studies, told Focus Radio
this morning. He said the air strikes in Syria were a one-time act with no subsequent action by either the US or Russia. Despite the complex geopolitical situation, special attention should be paid to the tension betwen the US and China over the free trade agreements rather than to what is happening in Syria, he added. “I think this is a much more serious dispute and difficult conflict to solve than that with Syria, though it may not seem like this. We are talking about a dispute between two great powers or potentially so, at least from China’s point of view. Russia is no longer a great power, this must be understood, while China really is. Some say that China already has a bigger economy than the US. The current free trade dispute between these two big countries is very important for the international community and how it will end is unpredictable right now,” Alex Alexiev said. He commented that talk about a new Cold War now was exaggerated, but it was possible in the future, and that it all depended on the actions by the US and China. The international crisis has the potential to deepen, he said, adding that Europe could not have a leading role without the necessary military power, which was unlikely in the near future.
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