Spanish Foreign Minister Predicts Increased Rivalry Between The US And China In The Context Of The Pandemic
The rivalry between the United States and China will intensify in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. This opinion was expressed by Spanish foreign Minister Arancha González Laya in an interview published on Sunday with the newspaper El Mundo.
"This is a strategic rivalry [between the US and China] that exists and will escalate," the Minister said. In her opinion, the crisis caused by the spread of the disease can also lead to an increase in inequality between the North and the South.
Commenting on the economic consequences for Spain from the pandemic, Gonzales Laia clarified: "It is almost impossible to avoid a reduction in GDP." "This is difficult because the main measure taken to contain the infection was a sharp restriction of freedom of movement," the Foreign Minister added. "For example, for tourism, which accounts for 12% of our GDP, movement is extremely important."
Spain is one of the most affected countries in the world due to the pandemic. Since the beginning of the spread of infection in the Kingdom, about 224 thousand cases of coronavirus infection have been detected, and 22,902 patients have died. Spain has been on high alert since mid-March. This measure allowed the authorities to restrict the movement of people. Since Sunday, the authorities have decided to introduce allowances for children who can now go for a walk.