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A story of preordained failure

US president has concluded that the scapegoating of China was the best way to distract attention from his inept attitude towards the pandemic


Claude Smadja
One could assume that any rational thinking leader would consider it the worst time to create or inflame severe geopolitical frictions: The unprecedented global challenge created by the Covid-19 pandemic and its disastrous economic and social consequences for all countries would be the best incentive to ease tension, at least momentarily, to help expand international collaboration and the coordination of efforts to tame the pandemic. This would apply to rational thinking leaders.  Definitely not to Donald Trump, for whom any consideration of the national interest comes second to his exclusive priority of doing anything — anything — he sees as
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First Published: May 28 2020 | 11:33 PM IST

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