Washington Renders itself Irrelevant by Pushing China and Russia Closer Together

Thursday, August 2, 2018
By Paul Martin

Martin Berger

As the trade war unleashed by Washington is getting momentum, one can’t help but notice that without bringing a massive propaganda campaign to bear, aimed at the spread Russophobia and Sinophobia, this war would have never come to fruition. However, all of the steps that Washington has already taken against Moscow and Beijing is only making the two states more determined to provide a counterweight to the policies pursued by the West together. However, the stance taken by the Trump administration is not the only reason behind the rapidly improving ties between Moscow and Beijing, as their cooperation is beneficial from a purely practical point of view, which means the desire that the two countries share to establish a lasting alliance is not going to suddenly disappear one day. Moreover, those countries that don’t like to be pushed around by Washington and that are getting increasingly critical of its policies may become a viable addition of this newly born alliance one day.

As it’s been pointed out by the The Daily Beast, Henry Kissinger has already suggested to Donald Trump that the United States should be working with Russia to contain a rising China. It would go even further revealing that the former secretary of state, who famously engineered the tactic of establishing diplomatic relations with China in order to isolate the Soviet Union, pitched almost the inverse of that idea to Trump during a series of private meetings during the presidential transition.

However, the piece of advice given by the patriarch of American foreign policy fell on deaf years, which resulted in Russia’s Vladimir Putin announcing during one of his recent visits to Beijing, the commitment that Russian and China show towards the development of bilateral ties is a major asset that paves the way for the peaceful development of the world.

And one should hardly be surprised by this fact, as China is forced to remain mindful of new restrictions that Washington can introduced against in the trade world, especially at a time when the US and China announce new measures almost every week. So it must keep Russia really close, transforming otherwise normal bilateral relations into a strategic alliance.

For instance, Trump has recently targeted the “Made in China 2025” that is aimed at setting China to produce an ever increasing number of high-tech goods, but the sitting US president chose to accuse Beijing of manipulating its currency, instead of supporting this initiative. An accusation China has denied vigorously.

It’s true that the trade that Washington has unleashed against Beijing can be partially explained by the stagnation in Western economies, which are in pretty bad shape. A lot of money is used for speculation around here, which undermines the stability of the financial sector.

The US wants to maintain its leading position by using protectionism. But the only result will be an increase in trade between Russia, China and other BRICS members.

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