The emerging age of ambiguity in the global order

The US and China will remain at the heart of a fluid international order, one in which the complexities of interdependence will make it increasingly difficult to neatly classify relationships as ‘friend’ or ‘foe’.  

The US and China will remain at the heart of a fluid international order. PHOTO: REUTERS
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Looking around the world today, I cannot but conclude that we have seen this movie before.

The cast of characters and locations may have changed. But whether we look at the war in Ukraine, or US-China strategic rivalry, or aggressive Chinese behaviour in the East and South China seas and the Himalayas, or the consequent stresses on globalisation and the risks of a world recession, these are not new plots. They are new variants of old plots within established patterns of state behaviour. 

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