Beyond human toll, coronavirus could shake up global politics

US President Donald Trump (right) with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida. PHOTO | FILE | AFP

What you need to know:

  • The COVID-19 pandemic, which has infected more than 130,000 people globally, strikes a world already in flux with the rise of nationalists such as US President Donald Trump who have scoffed at the rules of the "globalist" order.

Thousands of people have died, the US response has infuriated European allies, and China has gone on a propaganda offensive. The new coronavirus is shaping up to be a cataclysmic event with far-reaching consequences in global politics.

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