NOW we know. The fall of the Berlin Wall only marked the symbolic end of the Cold War. But it was not the end of the story. Instead, about three decades later today, we come to learn it marked the beginning of another era, signaling the return.
Those, to whom this event constituted current affairs and are still here, now, should be able to realise the congruence between the two periods. If we take mentality and hegemony as two sides and zero-sum games as an angle of the Cold War, the same applies to the story of thirty years later without the Berlin Wall. In elementary geometry, this is side-angle-side congruency.
History, indeed, repeats itself. Or, to come down to earth, it has no end. The conflict between the West and the East is still on. And this time round, it poses a bigger threat. On a historical note we have witnessed the devastating role of NATO in former USSR. We have witnessed different US administrations’ games throwing the entire Middle East into turbulent times. The Mikhail Gorbachev peaceful coexistence equation for Europe has not worked. At the same time, the Russian factor in former Eastern European socialist states is not news either.
On the economic –and perhaps the more interesting-- front, neither Eastern state socialism nor Western capitalism can claim conquered territories. Otherwise, why the trade wars currently taking place? And the worst thing is that neither East nor West rulers seem to comprehend the degree of trouble they are brewing for the world.
What is your take on the following?
In the wake of US President Donald Trump trade tariffs slammed on Chinese goods, Russian and Chinese presidents have declared to stop making their transactions in the American dollar.
This has taken place within the background of Chinese President Xi Jinping visiting Central Asian countries to consolidate multi-dimensional co-operation within the frameworks of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA).
The major motive is to discuss new ideas and new measures to jointly address risks and challenges and promote security, stability, development and revitalisation “under the current situation.”
The shanghai spirit is all about becoming an influential force in combating the “three evil forces of terrorism, separatism and extreme zero-sum games posing serious threats to the stability and security of the world as well as Asia.”
If this does not send a message to the Trump Administration, players on the ground have got it. More than 600 American companies and industry trade associations have written to the White House urging Trump to remove levies on China and end the ongoing trade war because this will damage the US economy, lead to job losses and harm millions of consumers.
"We know firsthand that the additional tariffs will have a significant, negative, and long-term impact on American businesses, farmers, families, and the US economy," the companies. An escalated trade war is not in the country's best interest, and both sides will lose,” said in the letter.
"Tariffs are taxes paid directly by U.S. companies," not China. Tariff increases and uncertainty around these trade negotiations have created turmoil in the markets, threatening our historic economic growth," the companies said to Trump.
Last month, the Trump administration increased tariffs to 25% from 10% on $200 billion. Public hearings on the proposed tariffs are due to be held.
If the Cold War is the conflict of world policies how far are we from the Second World Cold War?