There are indeed movements in the geopolitical world with resounding virtues of Russia’s and China’s friendship that challenge the unipolarity dominated by America. Putin’s recent state visit to China established 30+ cooperation deals in the areas of infrastructure, technology, innovation, agriculture, internet, and sports. What the media doesn’t say is that there may have been cooperative interaction resting on military dominance in the Asia Pacific region.
China and Russia have coordinated safeguards that will boost programs in key areas to bring about the Economic Silk Road Belt initiative. These are very high level discussions that fuel the significance of these programs to come into fruition and to provide a barrier against US hegemonic rule. Not only are they there to increase their wealth in the Asia Pacific region, but also their partners that subscribe to the notion that economic benefit should rely on everyone instead of one power.
I would imagine that Russia’s and China’s legislative bodies are intertwined to bring about this wealth that is very significant to their livelihood. However, this notion also brings up another concept that the bilateral cooperation between China and Russia exists to show America China’s right to dominate the South China Sea.
Putin is aware of American military muscle in the South China Sea which exists to contain China’s global rise in a capitalist world. Putin is also aware of US anxieties in the global complexities that spurs the immense traffic between Asia and America. Putin’s chess-game in the geopolitical world is based on containing the US with their pivot and rebalancing of Asia.
Putin isn’t exactly a pushover; he wants an equal footing with China which is why their military might becomes inclusive with China’s to deter American maneuvering in the space of this great wealth in the Asia Pacific region. Having military might simply cements the initiatives of the Silk Road that will merge with Eurasia in legitimizing their claim with their investments.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB), a bank initially setup by Japan and the US to deter China, is now actually working together with the Chinese-Russian majority Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in a project to finance a Pakistani highway. This symbolizes a rather unique outlier marked by the fact that these two institutions are working together for the first time in history.
I feel that Japan had no choice but to make this type of investment with the AIIB. They may have felt that without this investment Japan wouldn’t benefit. Sometimes you need to work with your enemies because investment flows towards future benefits, so why be excluded?
Xi Jinping’s “win-win” philosophical mantra effectively establishes mutual cooperation without controlling or dominating the ambition of partnering nations. In many ways, it is a soft rise for China characterized by an alignment of countries to collectively combat the unipolarity of American cultural dominance.
China indicated, “We will not ask for anything which does not belong to us, but we will fight for every inch of our territory within our sovereignty.” That means China’s foreign policy will rest on sovereignty-based issues that put them in a position of never backing down. Putin may feel that he was the whipping boy with US economic sanctions, but inside his head he knew that if the US decided to punish China that they would punish the American stock market even more.
China has stressed that they are promoting their inevitable rise in a peaceful manner within the boundaries of the UN Charter’s mandate to promote world peace and to promote regional prosperity and stability. For China to state that they have no ambition to become a superpower goes against the grain in how the history of geopolitics works.
China and Russia smell weakness, especially in Europe. Brexit wasn’t so much Cameron’s defeat, it was Obama’s. China’s soft rise is based on Russia’s military prowess to move forward. Putin was the first to come out of the gate to try and re-establish ties with Britain. It was an orchestrated move on his part simply because he has the muscle to allow China to rule the Asia Pacific region.
In geopolitics, there’s an old saying pontificated initially by German politician Egon Bahr, “National politics is never about democracy and human rights. It’s about the interests of states. Remember that, no matter what you are told in history lessons.”
Hopefully Canada has enough sense to smell the weakness that China and Russia have detected. Since there’s an election taking place in America, it would be wise for the Prime Minister of Canada to make a state visit to China and tell Xi Jinping that Canada possesses the resources, food, and capital to make the investment in the Asia Pacific region. If Canada muscles in they may play a key role as a hegemonic stabilizer. With this investment, Canada will undoubtedly reap a great deal of benefits.