There has been a very concerning tendency in China’s rhetoric lately. So concerning that it seems China has finally made up its mind about its main ally in the global sphere – Russia or the United States.
Over the past few years, China has supported Russia’s views in about 60% of all global conflicts, the other 30% it stayed neutral and the remaining 10% its position aligned with the West.
Just browse through Monday and Tuesday’s headlines in the World Politics news section. Here’s what’s happening, here’s what’s trending:
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- China publicly backs Russian position on Syria and Afghanistan
- China admits U.S. missile defense in Europe directly threatens Russia
- China and Russia will hold further anti-missile drills after U.S. THAAD decision
China has never been so straight-forward about its support for any country on so many issues within such a short period of time (within just 24 hours, in fact!).
China, who has always tried to remain neutral in its position on global conflicts (with a slight skew to Russia), has basically just declared, “We support Russia in crucial global conflicts and we want to help Russia put an end to America’s global dominance.”
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And it certainly doesn’t bode well for the United States, which is going through rough times on its own. When new President of the U.S. is elected, the country will be divided into two halves (that’s exactly what today’s Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton polls suggest).
That’s exactly what Russia and China are waiting for: for that opportune moment when the United States is divided and weakened.
On Monday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry has officially and publicly supported Russia’s position on the most crucial global issues, including Russian President Vladimir Putin’s position in the Syrian and Afghan conflicts.
Thus, Beijing, which cooperates “closely” with Moscow in the UN Security Council, has just officially joined Russia’s side on the most important global issues.
China wants Russia to keep killing Syrian citizens
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong also added that Beijing shares similar views with Russia on regional issues, which is somewhat surprising considering the fact that China has had differences with Russia on some issues of regional interest.
But most importantly, China has just publicly said it supports Russia’s deadly airstrikes in Syria and wants its fellow non-western member of the UN Security Council to continue bombing civilians in the Syrian city of Aleppo.
Over the weekend, China’s ambassador to the United Nations, Liu Jieyi, said China was disappointed that the Russia-sponsored resolution on Syria didn’t get enough votes and was vetoed by the UN Security Council.
“China voted for the draft resolution and regrets that it was not adopted,” Jieyi said, as cited by ITAR-TASS, and called Russia’s resolution a “comprehensive, all-encompassing and balanced” document.
Beijing was always one of those members who usually abstain from the vote when the UN Security Council voted on the Syria’s conflict, but now Beijing seems to have made up its mind and is ready to make a joint push with Russia.
China and Russia join forces to destroy U.S. Missile Shield plans
On Tuesday, Lt. Gen. Viktor Poznikhir of the Russian military’s General Staff accused the U.S. of developing the missile shield as part of planning for a nuclear strike.
But Poznikhir was quick to note that Russia and China now joined forces to prevent the U.S. from expanding its missile-defense network. The two nations have long expressed their concerns over the U.S. missile shield, saying that it’s a threat to their military assets.
But now that Russia and China see that the U.S. will be able, according to Poznikhir, to launch a nuclear strike against Moscow and Beijing “with impunity,” the two nations see the need to join their forces.
Speaking at a security forum in Xiangshan, China, Poznikhir insisted both Moscow and Beijing are “working together on ways to minimize possible damage to the security of our countries.”
Russia is concerned that there are weapons in the U.S. defense system that, if launched by Washington from a warship in the Baltic Sea, could easily intercept ballistic missiles from Russia before a nuclear warhead is fired.
“The illusion of invulnerability and impunity under the guise of missile defense will encourage Washington to make unilateral steps in dealing with global and regional issues. This could lead to a decrease in the threshold for using nuclear weapons to preempt enemy actions,” Poznikhir added.
Russia and China announce 2017 anti-missile drills
It sure seems like a new era in the military cooperation between Russia and China to tackle U.S. global dominance and intimidate American allies. The two nations have also announced they will hold joint anti-missile drills in 2017.
It was the U.S. and South Korea’s joint plans to deploy American anti-missile system in South Korea that angered Moscow and Beijing.
And even though Washington and Seoul claim they are deploying U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to battle any military threats coming from North Korea and its erratic leader Kim Jong-un, neither Russia nor China believe that the THAAD systems will be actually used against North Korea.
Moscow and Beijing worry that the THAAD systems will be used by the Americans to compromise their security and thus they are launching new drills in 2017.
China and Russia want their lollipop back..
Both Russia and China’s actions resemble that of a schoolgirl who lost her lollipop and is now accusing her classmate, who is more beautiful, more successful and much richer than her, and cries that the classmate had stolen her precious lollipop.
And now these two schoolgirls are boosting their strategic partnership through military cooperation in order to take down that richer classmate.
Beijing has long accused Washington of attempting to strengthen China’s Asian neighbors in an attempt to prevent China from rising. And the South China Sea conflict has only proved that there are tremendous differences between China and the U.S.
Russia, meanwhile, feels that NATO wants to eliminate Russia’s sphere of influence in Europe by constantly expanding to the Baltic States and moving its weapons closer to the Russia. borders.
Yes, Russia and China seem like they can make a great team and finally avenge the United States to take back their precious lollipop. But can Washington stop them, especially when it’ll be weakened and divided by November’s Presidential Election?