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In Asia the US-China rivalry news is incessantly in the face on US-China conflicts. The rivalry was not headline news within Europe. Europe appeared more concerned with the urgent job of economic recovery

COMING back from a trip to Europe suggested to me that the United States-China rivalry was not headline news within Europe.

Europe appeared more concerned with the urgent job of economic recovery amidst the Omicron threat that is leading to more lockdowns. Protests in Rotterdam and elsewhere showed that the public, especially the young, are rebelling against further restrictions to their rights to socialise.

Back in Asia, the news is incessantly in the face on US-China conflicts, including threatened boycotts to the Winter Olympics or Women’s Tennis Association’s suspension of international tennis in China.What happens to individuals like tennis star Peng Shuai therefore has impact on international relations.How much of the tension is media-generated (rhetoric) rather than hard-nosed competition across all fronts (reality) between the two largest powers on the planet? The latest Foreign Affairs magazine headlines the US-China rivalry aptly: The Divided World: America’s Cold Wars. Note the emphasis on America’s Cold War.What happens to individuals like tennis star Peng Shuai therefore has impact on international relations.

By implication, despite President Joe Biden’s pledge in his recent United Nations address that the US was not “seeking a new Cold War or world divided into rigid blocs”, the question remains whether China is willing to kowtow to America’s demands on redlines such as Hong Kong, Xinjiang, Tibet or Taiwan, all of which China considers her sovereign issues.

Essentially, what game is being played by the protagonists? A wise Dutch friend observed that China was playing the Go game, Europe (including Russia) grandmaster chess, and the US, poker!

The game of Go, a Japanese name for Chinese game of weiqi is a board game of 19x19 line-grids, between two players (black stones versus white stones) in which the simple rule is that whoever encircles (wei or surrounds) the opponent’s pieces captures those pieces and wins by finally surrounding the opponent.

In contrast, international chess has an eight by eight board with each side having 16 pieces, with the aim of capturing the king, defended by one queen, two rooks, two knights, two bishops and eight pawns with define rules of movement.

The game of poker is different from the other two because it involves multiple players using a standard deck of cards, which can be eliminated down to just one winner. There are elements of chance and escalated bets that evolve around strategies of bluff as opponents assess the others’ cards in determining whether to stay in the game.

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