It took one minute for President Trump to introduce a virus at the virtual 75th UN General Assembly, blasting "the nation which unleashed this plague onto the world".
And then it all went downhill.
Even as Trump was essentially delivering a campaign speech and could not care less about the multilateral UN, at least the picture was clear enough for all the socially distant "international community" to see.
Here is President Xi's full statement. And here is President Putin's full statement. And here's the geopolitical chessboard, once again; it's the "indispensable nation" versus the Russia-China strategic partnership.
As he stressed the importance of the UN, Xi could not be more explicit that no nation has the right to control the destiny of others: "Even less should one be allowed to do whatever it likes and be the hegemon, bully, or boss of the world ."
The US ruling class obviously won't take this act of defiance lying down. The full spectrum of Hybrid War techniques will continue to be relentlessly turbo-charged against China, coupled with rampant Sinophobia, even as it dawns on many Dr. Strangelove quarters that the only way to really "deter" China would be Hot War.
Alas, the Pentagon is overstretched – Syria, Iran, Venezuela, South China Sea. And every analyst knows about China's cyber warfare capabilities, integrated aerial defense systems, and carrier-killer Dongfeng missiles.
For perspective, it's always very instructive to compare military expenditure. Last year, China spent $261 billion while the US spent $732 billion (38% of the global total).