Chandigarh

SPECIAL WEBINAR ON “CORONA PANDEMIC AND THE EMERGING WORLD ORDER” AT PU DEFENCE STUDIES

May 25, 2020 09:51 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

The Department of Defence and National Security Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh, in collaboration with Gyan Chakra Think-tank, as part of it’s ongoing online academic endeavors during the Covid-19 lockdown, organised a Special Webinar on the theme – “Corona Pandemic and the Emerging World Order” by Lt Gen Jasbir Singh Lidder UYSM, AVSM, former Force Commander and Deputy SRSG, UN Mission in Sudan” today.

The General who holds a vast experience in the field of Conflict Management in both military and political spheres, began his lecture by explaining how the ongoing pandemic has affected people of all socio-economic backgrounds and nationalities alike. All major developed countries have been amongst the most affected countries. All the supply chains in the globalised world have been disrupted and this is affecting the world economy. 

General Ved Prakash Malik, PVSM, AVSM, former Chief of Army Staff, in his remarks said that the global and the regional organisations have not been able to work effectively against the pandemic. Every country at the moment is looking after itself. International borders are closed, the supply chains have broken down, it will take some time to recover. In the long term their will be a change in the comprehensive national power equations and it will impact the alliances or strategic partnerships world over. China under the leadership of Xi seems to be in a hurry and creating these hotspots everywhere might prove counterproductive since the other countries might join hands with each other.

We are witnessing a New Cold War between the two leading world powers, the USA and China. They are both involved in a blame game holding each other responsible for the pandemic. Tensions have been there between these two nations over the years but this is the worst of times for US-China relations. The Americans are trying to hit the Chinese both politically and economically, and in this Trump has his personal stakes since it’s the election year. Supply chains are attempted to be shifted out of Mainland China. The Chinese on the other hand are mocking the Americans at their mishandling of this virus. And at the same time they are continuing to offer medical skills and financial aid to the distressed. The Chinese are trying to portray that they themselves are victims of the virus.
Russia, the erstwhile Cold War player appears to be descriptively quiet. Initially the Russian Corona cases were very low however there has been a considerable increase since then. They are feeling relieved at the Americans shifting of their primary target to China. After Russia being on focus because of the Ukraine crises etc., it has finally got some breathing space. This does not imply that the Russians are going to dilute their strategic interests in in Eastern Europe as well as the Middle East and Africa.

The American mishandling of the pandemic has actually raised serious concerns regarding their internal resilience as a superpower. Also China’s image has suffered because of lack of transparency on Corona Virus has created credibility issues. However as viruses in the past have never been designated country specific, we should be very careful at the Western stigmatization of the virus as in future it can be directed against us as well.

The Chinese' latest aggressive messaging is surprising, since they have in the past been silently diplomatic and working on long-term gains. However in the last few years we are witnessing a distinct change, especially in the last two years, which may be caused by some new grand-strategy or even overconfidence of the Xi regime, it remains a mystery. Though the source of the Pandemic is being investigated, however blaming China has affected it’s Grand Strategic Vision of 2030. There is a huge anti-China sentiment in the world. The Chinese diaspora is coming under pressure. The Chinese have overstretched themselves probably due to President Xi's arrogance.

Europe has been the biggest victim of the Pandemic. The European nations, particularly Italy, Spain and France have suffered huge fatalities. This crises has exposed their vulnerability to critical decision making, border control and responsive health systems. The Asia Pacific region has shown professional approach in handling this crises. Japan, South Korea and Taiwan have managed to control the virus as of now. Timely measures to control the spread, good recovery rate, reduced death rate have been the positives in South Asia. The General also discussed the handling of the Pandemic by nations across all major continents.

Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi PVSM, AVSM, VSM & ADC, former Eastern Army Commander also participated in the proceedings. He said that in the coming years, trade and economic sanctions are going to be used more often. There will be a thrust towards indigenisation, a tacit acceptance of higher costs of manufacturing as long as it does not affect National Security objectives and challenges. Budgets are going to be stressed and impacted, where the balance between development and security will be a huge challenge, especially in developing nations. And alliances will be in the making whether loosely formed, regional alliances or institutional alliances since no single nation state can take on the unipolarity responsibility in the forth coming future and this, there will be swing States which will swing the balance between the main nations who are positioning themselves for a global role. Identification of these swing States would be important so that we are not caught on the wrong foot.

General Ved Prakash Malik, PVSM, AVSM, former Chief of Army Staff, in his remarks said that the global and the regional organisations have not been able to work effectively against the pandemic. Every country at the moment is looking after itself. International borders are closed, the supply chains have broken down, it will take some time to recover. In the long term their will be a change in the comprehensive national power equations and it will impact the alliances or strategic partnerships world over. China under the leadership of Xi seems to be in a hurry and creating these hotspots everywhere might prove counterproductive since the other countries might join hands with each other.

He said that our present leadership and the kind of governance we have are doing much better. We need to show more confidence in them. It’s time for each one of us to contribute and show our resilience in this fight against the pandemic. The webinar was attended by senior armed forces veterans from the tricity, faculty members, serving armed forces officers pursuing courses in the department, research scholars and students.

 
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