The US and China could be headed for a ‘new cold war’ lasting a generation that forces countries to pick sides, one analyst says



Xi Jinping wearing a suit and tie: US President Donald Trump with Chinese President Xi Jinping. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo/File Photo


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US President Donald Trump with Chinese President Xi Jinping. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo/File Photo

  • The US and China could be headed for a “new cold war” that lasts a generation and would force countries to choose sides, CNBC reported a China analyst of Fitch Solutions as saying.
  • Despite countries in Southeast Asia intending to maintain friendly relations, they would be forced to side with one of the two largest global economies, Fitch’s Darren Tay said.
  • “Being in Asia, the pull from China’s gravity in terms of its size and its influence would be hard to resist,” Tay said at a virtual seminar.
  • Bans and blacklists on technology as well as a growing lack of trust are likely to cause cracks in relations, the analyst pointed out.
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(Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp.‘s Office 365, Teams and some of its other online services experienced service interruptions lasting several hours before being resolved on Monday.

A company spokesman confirmed the outages, which also impacted Exchange Online and OneDrive. He didn’t have any information on the causes.

Problems with some of the services were reported earlier on Monday by Downdetector, which aggregates user reports of issues. That suggests the outages had lasted a number of hours before being taken up by Microsoft’s recovery team, though they have since been resolved, according to the company’s status updates.

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