U.S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS AND ITS GLOBAL CONSEQUENCES
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Diplomatist|October 2020
The U.S presidential election is supposed to be held on November 3rd with the Democrats and the Republicans at loggerheads for the control of the oval office. This election has global geopolitical ramifications since the unipolar status enjoyed by America since the fall of the Soviet Union is facing an unprecedented challenge from China.
GANESH PUTHUR*
Even though the Chinese interferences are becoming visible in the U.S political domain, Trump’s anti-China rhetoric and deployment of warships in the South China Sea along with multiple initiatives have contained the freefall of his popular vote. Trump’s rival, the then Vice President in Obama’s tenure, Joe Biden is seen by many as a viable alternative to Donald Trump who is still a reluctant businessman. The outcome of the presidential election can reshape the world order and that makes these polls interesting. India is also observing the happenings in Washington D.C since the U.S is a key strategic partner for us in the Indo-Pacific region. This article deals with the global involvement and possible alteration in international relations following the presidential elections.

The Dragon and the Beast

No one ever thought that overambitious Xi Jinping’s ‘Chinese Dream’ of national rejuvenation can make tremors all across the globe. The Chinese notion of ‘Middle kingdom’- considering them as the centre of the world is being converted to reality with their Belt-Road Initiative (BRI). In this project, China will be investing trillions of dollars in over 70 countries for building roads, railways, waterways, improving healthcare and basic infrastructure. In the name of BRI China have tactically debt-trapped smaller economies like Montenegro, Djibouti and Nepal. To corner India in the region China has developed strong relationships with Pakistan and also improvising BRI connecting it with the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The corridor will pass through Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) and end at Gwadar port which is an essential point in China’s doctrine called the ‘String of Pearls’. Multiple militaries and intelligence agencies have unearthed the Chinese links with the terrorists operating from Pakistan. China’s all-out strategic war to rule the world is at full pace and is yielding results too.

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