First place has gone back and forth between the west and east over the past years.
But the British press is not calling it sporty competition, they are calling it "war":
The global economy now badly needs an over-arching "trade round" – a worldwide deal to boost international commerce, while keeping protectionism in check. After all, it was the rash of tariffs and quotas imposed in the aftermath of the 1929 Wall Street crash that put the "Great" in the "Great Depression". While economically disastrous, provoked the mutual loathing and extremism that sparked the Second World War.(We Are At Risk Of A Trade War, Telegraph, emphasis added). If that is not enough to perk your ears up, note that the politicians spoken of do not realize that now is not then in terms of what world civilization faces.
Even such obvious lessons from history are lost on today's politicians. As the realities of recession bite and unemployment rises, our so-called leaders reach for the protectionist comfort blanket, telling voters that shutting out the world "saves jobs".
Over the last year, the US – the global "free-trade champion" – has imposed 46 separate protectionist measures on goods and services crossing its borders. The EU, disgracefully, has implemented 90. The likes of China and India have retaliated, introducing 51 and 29 new anti-trade measures respectively. Little wonder that world trade volumes remain 13pc [13%] below their pre-sub-prime peak.
Trade is only the tip of the iceberg, the shadow of time governs the earth, because we also have a global energy crisis, a global climate crisis, and a global overpopulation crisis to add to the mix.
The propaganda of the U.S. inflating "the war on terror" as the top selling brand takes away from dealing with the complete picture of the problem.
The politicians the British press was talking about had better get their heads out of their arse otherwise this will turn into blood sport of the kind where the earth is "at war" with humanity while humanity is "at war" with itself.
It is time for some cosmic adults to evolve out of this primal ooze.