International cooperation under question due to coronavirus

The coronavirus outbreak has become a catalyst for a sharp discussion about the disintegration of the world economy, RISS expert Mikhail Belyaev says. "There is a tendency that each country is trying to solve problems alone within its national borders. Of course, it is too early to talk about complete isolation of countries," he added.

Belyaev drew attention to the United States, the world's largest economy. "America is 'crawling back' to its Western hemisphere, trying to set up its own isolated world there," he noted. He underscored that the main trend was the split of the world into two zones of influence: American and Eurasian with the predominance of China. The coronavirus pandemic has only aggravated the processes that were already taking place.

"In difficult times, countries 'lock themselves in their national apartments'. Theoretically, it would be more favorable for countries to coordinate their actions to jointly fight against the emerging threat. However, the history of mankind shows that in tough periods 'everyone hides in their own shell' and tries to solve problems alone. Now there is no hope of holding discussions on international sites because of the fight against the virus epidemic," Belyaev concluded.

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