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China unlikely to emerge as leader of post-coronavirus world

Outbreak's economic cost and lack of allies limit Beijing as global power

A debate is raging among scholars of international relations over whether China or the U.S. will emerge stronger in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic (Nikkei montage/Source photo by Xinhua/AP and Reuters)

TOKYO -- As the novel coronavirus spreads across the world like wildfire, there is no doubt the pandemic will affect the global order, the question is how.

Scholars in the U.S. and Europe are discussing the topic online daily, particularly the impact of the outbreak on the U.S.-China strategic contest over the world leadership.

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