America and China: Europe, do not let yourself be blackmailed.

now with the dream of a globalized world. For years, Europe is concerned with the relationship between the United States and China. The fear is growing that the

America and China: Europe, do not let yourself be blackmailed.

now with the dream of a globalized world. For years, Europe is concerned with the relationship between the United States and China. The fear is growing that the world is polarized, and Europe must decide on which side it stands. Now the American President Donald Trump is forcing the video platform Tiktok for sale and prohibits the messaging service Wechat all.

There are anyway only a few platforms that keep the connection between the two States. China was previously not squeamish with the Lock of American networks, and you must also make no illusions about Tiktok: For China, there was already a separate, heavily censored Version. Now, however, Wechat is also. The Internet is split up into national parts, which have little connection with each other. In the analog world, it threatens to go the same way. In the United States, the relationship to China is that it is, of course, as a "Cold war".

America has not suffered as a result of China's growth

For Europe this is not good for Germany at all. Hardly a country has benefited from the economic Opening up of the world, such as Germany. The local automotive and engineering companies to sell in China magnificently. Conversely, Smartphones in Europe were cheaper because they were made in China. Some were even developed. It is good if you have the choice between Smartphones, Apple and Huawei. China gave Europe the selection. The old continent itself was not able to bring a competition for America's social networks on the world stage; China has done.

The Americans, however, have suffered as a result of China's growth. Also for the United States, a new polarization of the world will bring their disadvantages, but they had already problems. Especially American products, which were replaced after China's entry into the world trade shipments from the far East were estimated at a quarter of the job losses in American industry to China. Long the Americans were hoping that China would be on the road to riches, at least more liberal and more democratic. However, this hope is now disappointed. The Position of the United States as the only remaining superpower is being challenged by the newcomer. Last Tiktok sent to the cultural sovereignty of the question. So America fights back. The power struggle is almost like it is in the Textbook for international relations.

Europe has its own trump cards

Europe must not indulge in the Illusion that everything would be better again, if only Donald Trump is President The strategic problems remain the same. Outside of the White house, the foreclosure of China has a lot of friends. And that America enforces its interests in case of doubt with a heavy Hand, proved last week, of not only Trump but also the three senators, as they threatened the managers of a port on the island of Rügen with personal sanctions, if the port continues to participate in the construction of the Pipeline "Nord Stream 2".

Updated Date: 10 August 2020, 04:19

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