China and Europe do not need permission of the State Department to cooperate with Russia
By rejecting Washington’s proposals for a joint leadership of the world within the big two, China makes a choice in favor of a strategic rapprochement with Moscow.
“This means an economic and geopolitical restructuring that will allow the two old opponents to unite against the United States and Europe,” writes the International New York Times.
Beijing’s decisive rapprochement with Putin, the almost officially declared enemy of the united West, is, of course, a glove thrown to the United States, which are still considered the global power number one. And if the leadership of the PRC goes for it, then clearly not out of adventurism, and not because it overestimates its strength. Just the trust between Beijing and Washington is zero today.
In China, there is not the slightest illusion about the intentions of the Obama administration, no matter how much he courted the leaders of the Middle Kingdom.
The essence of American politics is clear - this is containment of China. In all Far Eastern disputes, Washington invariably stands on the side of other countries, condemns Beijing and demonstratively expands its military presence in the APR. Yes, there is a huge economic interdependence between the two states - but there is also a huge geopolitical mistrust. And it is not surprising that Beijing decided to coordinate its foreign policy more closely with Putin, and not with Obama.
A Russian-Chinese foreign policy tandem is forming before our eyes. And if a joint vote in the UN Security Council was first perceived as a tactical measure, with the onset of the Syrian crisis, after Moscow and Beijing vetoed anti-Syrian resolutions three times, it became clear: we are already talking about strategy. The Russian-Chinese geopolitical alliance is based on the rejection of sanctions and a policy of regime change. And the United States and its European allies have every reason to take it seriously.
Moreover, in a couple of years, China seems to be ahead of the flagship of the so-called free world in terms of GDP (today China’s GDP is 87 percent of the US, but by the 2016 year, the US will no longer be the number one economic power). This will be an extremely painful blow to the positions of the Western world: its symbol, its leader, its support - the United States of America will be only second in the world. Erosion of Western domination in such a situation is inevitable.
The United States could still be saved by a flexible and intelligent policy that would slow down the decline of American influence in the world. However, the policy of Washington is now, on the contrary, short-sighted and convulsive. Today, Obama is doing what the United States could only afford during the Cold War, when they accounted for almost half of global GDP: it simultaneously enters into political confrontation with both Moscow and Beijing. Thereby breaking the most important commandment of the American foreign policy of the last 40 and more. The commandment that says: America cannot afford antagonism with two world giants: Russia and China. Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Bush Sr., Clinton and even Bush Junior understood this. But it seems that the administration of Barack Obama does not understand.
Meanwhile, politically correct, liberal, pro-American Europe held elections to the European Parliament. On the covers of all the world's leading magazines one person - Marine le Pen, the leader of the French National Front. In spite of everything, she became a star of European politics, which the EU fears, but can no longer ignore. “Will Marine Le Pen be able to destroy the European Union from the inside?” The American Time magazine wonders. (In the elections, the National Front Marine Le Pen scored 25 percent of the vote, and the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), which favored Britain’s withdrawal from the EU, received more 30 percent of the vote.) From the rising wave of Euroskepticism and what was already called Europhobia, it is impossible wave away.
In search of the origins of this wave, European journalists habitually refer to the economic crisis, from which Europe has not yet come to an end. This leads to the growing frustration of many residents of EU countries. Indeed, today, for example, in France, only 32 percentages of Europeans surveyed trust the EU leadership. But the point is not only in depressing economic indicators. And even not only that unemployment in the EU countries does not fall below 11 and a half percent. The fact is that more and more inhabitants of the continent are rejecting the model of Europe that is being imposed today from Brussels - Europe is overly liberal, anti-national, dependent on the United States and subordinate to them.
The increased anti-American sentiment in the European Union, the anxious American newspapers write, "reflects the general destruction of public faith in the principles and institutions that have dominated Europe since the end of World War II, including its relations with the United States."
Indeed, the constant pressure on Europe by the US administration - the pressure that runs counter to its interests, multiplied by the stubborn espionage behind it, is causing a growing rejection. In contrast to the announcements, Merkel, who, in the name of Atlantic solidarity, swallowed the offense inflicted on her by Obama, who gave personal authorization to listen to her, many Europeans do not want to forget about it and reject the automatic support of American foreign policy convulsions. This is shown by public opinion polls. This part of Europe opposes anti-Russian sanctions. “We have the right to be partners with those with whom we want, without obtaining permission from the State Department for this,” says Emerik Shoprad, a leading candidate for the European Parliament from the Paris region. Earlier in the EU, they reassured themselves that such parties as the National Front in France, the Independence Party in Britain, the Italian League of the North and others like them, are on the verge of European politics. But now, when they claim mass support for European voters, it’s already impossible to argue that they are marginalized. How all this will affect the EU political line in relation to Russia will become clear closer to autumn. But one thing is clear: the world will have to deal not entirely with the Europe to which it has become accustomed over the past 20 – 30 years.
- Alexei Pushkov
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