Geostrategic competition is the rivalry for political and military dominance. Geostrategic competition is the antonym for geoeconomic issues.

Geostrategic competition was the external conflict during the Cold War, where the superpowers expended so much of their means building military and political power. However, below the surface of the conflict were powerful geoeconomic issues. After the Cold War, the world made a subtle shift toward an explicit focus on geoeconomic issues, as evidenced by the global focus on trade and economic integration.

Overall, the twentieth century, with its advances in communication and transportation technology, has forced to world to gain a global focus. Thus, the terms geostrategic and geoeconomic are used primarily for describing global trends in the twentieth century.

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