Any president, senator or Congress member sent to Washington to serve you had better be aware of China’s and Russia’s views of the U.S. and its international intentions and actions. It’s vital at this time of a new Cold War, global economics and environmental concerns to clearly understand other major powers. And you should question candidates about their insight in this area.
We’ve written about China’s global economic prowess, about President Xi Jinping’s tireless world travels to create trade and security pacts on each continent — first to make clear that China won’t interfere in other nations’ internal affairs, then how, during those travels, he opposes efforts at hegemony. And while he hasn’t mentioned a specific country, he knows his audiences in Africa, South America and other regions understand whom he means: the U.S.
We’ve written about how both Russia and the U.S. are oligarchies pretending toward democracies. We’ve written about how — following the U.S. helping overthrow Ukraine’s government and then placing sanctions on Russia — President Vladimir Putin publicly condemned U.S. hegemony in a major speech.
Concerns on Global Economy
Despite what America’s corporate media may report — or what Washington neoconservatives may preach — China and Russia are not sitting in backward awe of the U.S., nor are they aggressively seeking to overthrow America and its economy.
First, it’s pretty clear to them that the U.S. has been pushing its own and the world’s economic demise through international aggression by the wolves of Wall Street. China and Russia, and the rest of the world, felt the pain of the 2008 global economic meltdown spurred by Wall Street’s manipulation of derivatives, credit default swaps and subprime loans.
Realizing that the U.S. dollar’s place as the world’s dominant reserve currency might set the world up for another financial meltdown, both China and Russia began taking steps to move away from the dollar:
- In 2014 and 2015, Beijing and Moscow closed major energy contracts in oil and natural gas, melding their alliance. They also agreed to trade pacts and infrastructure projects benefiting both countries. They agreed to begin paying each other in Chinese yuan and Russian rubles rather than U.S. dollars.
- As a part of BRICS, China and Russia formed two multi-billion-dollar funding structures to promote cooperative economic development independent of the West.
- China’s and Russia’s central banks continue to buy large quantities of gold, as protection against collapse of fiat currencies, legal tender not backed by a physical commodity.
The BRICS countries — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — like the rest of the globe, are struggling economically now. Russia and Brazil are suffering primarily from low oil prices affecting their energy exports, but Brazil, along with South Africa, are plagued by major droughts affecting water supply, farming, public health and economy.
China is suffering from major pollution problems — the result of decades of relentless industrial and economic growth. This week, China approved its new Five-Year Plan, which looks to balance economic growth with cleaning up the environment. That, indeed, will take time.
Too, while trying to keep a tight hold on a massive 1.38 billion population, China has also begun efforts at economic and political reform. Its attempts at implementing a capitalistic economy are currently suffering growing pains both in real estate and the stock market.
[pullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]China takes the Asian long view.[/pullquote]But China also takes the Asian long view. Xi announced two years ago that China would move from decades of 7% growth to a “new normal,” concentrating less on exports and more on production to provide products at home for a growing middle class, and to aid rural areas in farming efforts.
American corporate media has shouted how China’s stock market struggles and its lessened demand for imports have hurt the global economy. But it says little about how the growing global public and private debt, spurred by Wall Street and the world’s central banks, are leading the globe toward another meltdown. We’ve written about this often, including here and here.
Cold War to Hot War?
Meanwhile, both Russia and China are complaining of U.S. military actions which threaten their security.
Russia has openly challenged expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the European army primarily created and funded by Washington. NATO’s current aggressive attitude toward Russia could lead to major conflict, a struggle opposed by most of the European citizens, whose nations have directly experienced the destruction and misery of world war.
China has formally challenged what it considers U.S. hegemony in the South China Sea — Washington’s effort to keep a strategic foothold in the Pacific, which has undergone many changes since American dominance there following World War II.
We wrote of Washington’s saber-rattling over the South China Sea, and of China’s response through announcing of an active military policy. This, too, could lead to major conflict.
Finally, we’ve written about how Washington’s policy for a $1 trillion build-up of its nuclear arms over 30 years has led both Russia and China to increase their nuclear warhead efforts. And how this will not end well.
With all this in mind, ask your presidential, senatorial and Congressional candidates what China and Russia think of the U.S. And what their own views are on all this. If they can’t tell you, or if all they want to do is engage in endless war rather than negotiate for world peace, environmental security and sustainable economic growth, then show them the door. Particularly if they’re incumbents.