The global system is changing. China`s new territorial assertions and the rise of military power continue to pose challenges to peace and stability in the region. Relations between the United States and Russia are in a downward spiral. We have been through a crisis on the Korean Peninsula that has had a profound impact on the security situation in Northeast Asia and has recently moved from a phase of intermittent leaps into dialogue. Tensions are intensifying around Iran`s nuclear program. The effectiveness of preventive measures has not yet been demonstrated, but they show that, despite internal struggles for the legitimacy of the government, political powers can still unite for the cause. Covid-19 has overtaken the heated political debate among the elites, although it does not erase them. But the main concern is that if the virus is widely spread, it will overload the already limited capacity. Maybe. But the relative position of China and the United States in a post-pandemic world will be determined less by what China is doing than by the decisions made in Washington. The tactics successfully used by the Communist Party in China do not necessarily work as well abroad. The Covid-19 pandemic represents an unprecedented challenge thanks to the networking of the modern world, but in the absence of the usual leaders in the midst of a retreat across borders, it is up to countries like Australia to advance a global response. When Prime Minister Scott Morrison said, „When you have a job, it`s an essential job,“ many laughed.
But he is not wrong. Morrison talked about the national economy, but internationally, Australia also has a job, and that`s essential work. To offer leadership, not to glory, but to strengthen and unite with countries that are also progressing. If the G20 is the vehicle of choice, Australia should ensure that every country that has led this fight is represented. Taiwan and Singapore should be part of it: their hard-sought know-how is needed. „Resilience“ has become a popular concept in the life of the twenty-first century. In these times of great social and economic change, with increasing stress and burden, both at the individual and group levels, „resilience“ is often referred to as what leads us to be stronger and better able to cope with it afterwards. . . .