The New Cold War

Nizar Masri, Staff Writer

50 years ago, the world was locked in a perpetual state of fear, keeping a watchful eye over the world’s superpowers in case the war between the USSR and US heated up. Today we face a similar scene, due to ideological differences and America’s history with communist states, relations with China have always been less than satisfactory. But things began to hike up after America’s controversial decision to implement THAAD anti-missile batteries in South Korea in 2016, thereby decimating Chinese dominance over the region.

Things have cooled off since then, and America turned its eyes towards more promising imperialist pursuits. But after retreating in Afghanistan, American officials began to realize how far China had advanced beyond the US. Nicolas Chaillan, Pentagon software chief, recently quit citing China making US cyber security look like “kindergarten level”.  “I am just tired of continuously chasing support and money to do my job. My office still has no billet and no funding, this year and the next,” he wrote.

Recently China launched a missile that circled the world before nearly hitting its target, demonstrating capabilities underestimated by US officials. China denied the claims of observing parties and claimed that the launch was one of a prototype space vehicle. Either way the threat to America from a hyper sonic missile is over exaggerated to inflate the already inflated military budget with more money for flashy, albeit useless, weaponry. IBCMs move at a similar speed, and they have been around for decades, America has over 400 in its stockpile. The knowledge of assured mutual destruction between the USSR and America is what kept the cold war cold for 40 years. Now it is no different, this launch does not threaten America’s existence or safety, it is nearly symbolic of China gaping the US in innovation. But to American higher ups, the threat of being beaten as the world’s dominant technological power may as well be complete and utter destruction.