As the United States and Europe embark on an increasingly hawkish policy towards China, Beijing has moved to welcome the formation of an alliance with Russia to counter NATO
Speaking at the 95th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party last month, Xi Jinping delivered what Western analysts are calling an “incendiary speech” in which he called for a military union with Russia that would render NATO “powerless” and “put an end to the imperialist desires of the West.”
The harsh statements come at a time when both Beijing and Moscow find themselves vulnerable to an increasingly hawkish US foreign policy that has resulted in a series of massive war games on both countries’ doorstep and the placement of missile shields in strategic quadrants to limit the ability of both Russia and China to defend themselves if conflict were ever to ensue.
“The world is on the verge of radical change,” said the increasingly frustrated Chinese President. “We see how the European Union is gradually collapsing, as is the US economy – it is all over for the new world order.”
Rallying support among his countrymen, Xi Jinping declared “it will never be as it was before, in 10 years we will have a new world order in which the key will be the union of China and Russia.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin has long welcomed the development of a broader military and economic relationship with China referring to existing cooperation as an “all-embracing and strategic partnership.”
With the international community stacking up against Beijing in recent weeks in the wake of the South China Sea ruling and the placement of the THAAD anti-missile systems in South Korea, Russia has stood steadfast in its support of the Chinese engaging in massive joint military exercises in the Pacific.
Russia and China may create a unified missile defense system for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. That’s the conclusion of experts speaking at a forum dedicated to the US deployment of the THAAD anti-ballistic missile system in South Korea.
Experts in Moscow and Beijing spoke via video conference on the implications for regional security of the US deployment of missile defense systems in South Korea. And while the forum focused mostly on political and military implications of the THAAD deployment, experts also intrigued observers by indicating that it was possible for Russia and China to join together to create a single missile defense shield over the entirety of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the political, economic and military organization involving much of eastern Eurasia.
Recently, the analyst recalled, Japan, South Korea and the United States conducted drills practicing the interception of ballistic missiles using the maritime-based US Aegis system. The appropriate response from Moscow and Beijing would be for the two countries’ air defense forces to conduct similar joint exercises at the Ashuluk range in Russia’s Astrakhan region.