how did it come to this?

4.02 - “and there surely will be conflict and confrontation” - Qin Gang

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Episode notes

This week, two of Australia's biggest international partners increase their rhetoric against each other. Accusations of war mongering, arms races, and recognition of national sovereignty. Of course we speak of China and the US who will potentially decide the fate of the world over the course of this century. Do world superpowers have the right to decide what is the course of our world? Does China really want war? Why does the US continue to provoke? Whose side are Australia on? What does a tiny island in the South China Sea have to do with it? Whats a belt and road? Why do I dislike newspaper opinion pieces so much? And just like funk rock legends WAR I ask “why can’t we be friends” and ultimately how did it come to this?