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As Russian philosopher and political analyst Aleksandr Dugin says, the unipolar world, globalist ideology and Western hegemony are collapsing, and the United States does not want to sit idly by. Washington is willing to take any action to prevent this from happening. Thus, the problem with Ukraine arose when the United States declared an “impending Russian invasion.”
However, the current Ukraine crisis is not fundamentally a Russian-Ukrainian problem, but an American-European one. The US incitement to the Ukraine crisis aims to kill two birds with one stone, strike down Russia and stabilize NATO. As European members of NATO today are increasingly alienated from the United States, the United States needs to take advantage of the Ukraine crisis to divide Russia and Europe, consolidate NATO, and strengthen US control over the organization. As a result, European countries would have to strengthen NATO as well as the transatlantic alliance.
In addition to Ukraine, there are a lot of other leverages available for the US in Europe. Small countries like Lithuania can be easily controlled and used by the United States. The United States is more concerned about non-compliance with major countries such as Germany and France, which could lead to the derailment of relations between Europe and the United States from the current track. That’s why the United States is desperately trying to screw up the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project and stop Germany and Russia from forming some kind of economic partnership.
What the United States has done in Europe to target Russia is similar in nature to its anti-China operations in the Asia-Pacific region. America’s pursuit of globalism since World War II has basically been a desire to maintain a world where it has taken over. At present, the United States is trying to expand its circle of friends, while excluding only China and Russia. This is because, in the view of the United States, only these two powers have the ability to protect their sovereignty.
In the end, the United States does not want another dominant country to emerge outside of North America. China is the world’s second largest economy and has adequate military defense capabilities, while Russia is a formidable military power with a large territory and abundant resources. Meanwhile, the high degree of strategic coherence between China and Russia would envy all historically aligned countries. The partnership between China and Russia is not an alliance. But the two offer solid support to each other politically and financially. With deep and stable political, economic and security cooperation, China and Russia will ensure that there is more than one pole in the world, inspiring other countries to do their best to become fully sovereign.
Because the United States understands the power of China and Russia, it has tried to tell a story of “the evil China and Russia that unite to pose threats to the world” and constantly highlights the “threats” of Sino-Russian cooperation. The United States used to think that Russia would assimilate with Europe in the way it preferred after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, but the reality turns out to be a different story. This has troubled the United States, and its concerns increased further with China’s emergence as a civilization different from the West. As a result, there is the inevitable demonization of China and Russia. However, this makes no sense, as nothing can stop China’s development or the friendship between China and Russia.
Relations between China and Russia have become the cornerstone of multipolar international order. The unipolar era was only a fleeting illusion for a decade or so after the Cold War, but the United States is still seeking to maintain it. Nevertheless, China and Russia exist as two bastions in the world that the United States cannot break through, which is a fundamental guarantee of a multipolar world.
The author is a research fellow at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. [email protected]