A recent Global Times article suggests that China and Russia should team-up against the United States to offset what it sees as American military threats.
Referring to U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, the story states that “such a demonstration of armed might makes powers like Russia and China increasingly nervous.”
“An increasing number of people now advocate a Moscow-Beijing ‘alliance,’” it said. “The two do have countermeasures against the U.S., and they are capable of deterring U.S. allies,” referring to the reorientation of U.S. military forces globally towards the Asia-Pacific region, and beefed-up U.S. military cooperation with Japan, South Korea, Australia, Vietnam, the Philippines and others.
That said, it should be noted that Global Times is a state-owned, hyper-nationalistic newspaper known for its saber-rattling editorials.
Last month, Dai Xu, a research fellow at the China Center for Strategic Studies at Peking University and a noted military analyst, said in an Global Times op-ed that the U.S. had a “hidden agenda,” namely to “cut off China’s access to the Indian Ocean so as to stop the trading activities China has with the Islamic world. The strategy of the U.S. may also involve North Korea, which is in its post Kim Jong-il era, and Myanmar, which is strategically important to China.”
Ominously, Dai concludes that “due to the strategic manipulations of the U.S., 2012 will not be a year of world peace. It’s possible that the world can’t walk out of the shadow of war in the following years.”
Ray Kwong is senior advisor to the USC US-China Institute, a charter member of the Asian International Business Advisory Group, a Forbes contributing writer and columnist for the Hong Kong Economic Journal. He is currently facilitating talks between China and U.S. interests on such matters as clean energy economics, nanotechnology and commercial aerospace. While it sounds way cooler than it really is, he is also a member of the Bloomberg BusinessWeek Market Advisory Board and the McKinsey Quarterly Executive Panel. You can follow him on Twitter @raykwong. Eyeball Ray's posts from Forbes ChinaTalk.
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