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Looming Cold War

Print edition : April 27, 2018

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Donald Trump in Beijing on November 9, 2017. Russia and China are united in their opposition to the “hegemonic” policies being pursued by the U.S. and its allies. Photo: Kyodo News via Getty Images

Presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Danang, Vietnam, on November 11, 2017. Delivering an “America first” message, Trump denounced China for unfair trade practices. Photo: Hau Dinh/AP

March 2014: Russian forces near the Ukrainian navy ship Slavutich in the harbour of Sevastopol, Ukraine. The first signs of a new Cold War were seen in 2014 when a democratically elected government in Ukraine, aligned to Moscow, was overthrown with the active involvement of the U.S. and the European Union. Photo: VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP

A U.S. soldier sits on his armoured vehicle on a road leading to the tense front line with Turkish-backed fighters, in Manbij, north Syria, on April 4. The U.S. still has not given up on its game plan for regime change in Syria and is backing the Kurdish separatists in the north of the country. Photo: Hussein Malla/AP

A demonstration organised by the Ghana First Patriotic Front in downtown Accra on March 28 against a Ghana-U.S. defence cooperation agreement. The latest African country to formally cede a military base to the U.S. is Ghana. Photo: CRISTINA ALDEHUELA/AFP

Presidents Hassan Rouhani (left), Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Iran, Russia and Turkey respectively after a joint press meet in Ankara on April 4. They said they opposed “separatist” agendas that would undermine Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Photo: Burhan Ozbilici/AP

A new Cold War is in the offing. But more than a battle of ideologies, it will be a fight between a declining superpower and resurgent countries such as Russia and China that want a return to a more democratic, multipolar world and respect from the West for their sovereignty and national interests.
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