They're ongoing. They represent a modern-day great game. The previous
one pit Britain against Tsarist Russia. One powerful empire battled
They did so for territory they both wanted. Conflict lasted about 100
years. Post-WW II, East - West struggles vied for geopolitical influence
Resources became increasingly more important. They very much are today.
World supplies are finite. Major powers scramble for as much as they can
Oil is especially valued. No one's sure how much is left. America,
China, Russia and other major nations want control over as much as
possible. They're going all out to get it.