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China And Russia: Axis Of Evil Or New Superpower Axis?

By Guest Post. Originally published at ValueWalk.

Many experts believe that the United States cannot be considered the world’s center of power anymore, which can be explained by the U.S.’s rather soft stance on the aggression coming from Russia.

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In the new U.S. National Military Strategy, Russia has replaced Iran as ‘the axis of evil’, the term introduced by George W. Bush in 2002, according the columnist of Russian news website Sputnik and an expert in the field of the U.S. strategy in Eurasia, Andrew Korybko.

According to Korybko, China has also been added to the list of the U.S. main enemies that includes Iran, North Korea and Russia.

Each of the four countries that form the ‘axis of evil 2.0’ are located in three zones of Eurasia, which the U.S. plans to use in order to strengthen its military presence, the analyst claims.

In Korybko’s opinion, having no proofs whatsoever, Washington keeps on talking about the ‘Russian threat’ in an aim to strengthen NATO’s positions in Eastern Europe. Meanwhile, Iran is displayed as a ‘monster’ to justify the supplies of weapons that cost billions of dollars.

Meanwhile, China’s actions to strengthen its sovereignty in the East China Sea present itself as a pretext for the U.S. to increase its presence in Asia.

The U.S. would ‘blackmail’ the world to remain the sole superpower

According to the columnist, as a result of creating such ‘anti-missile belt’, the U.S. gets the opportunity to use the threat of a preventative strike in order to ‘blackmail’ these countries and thus try to remain the world’s sole superpower.

Korybko believes that judging by the text of the American military strategy, Russia, Iran, China and North Korea have all the reasons to fear the U.S. According to the military doctrine, Washington will employ military forces to protect international order headed by the U.S.

In case of an ‘offensive’ on any national interests of the U.S., American military would be willing to respond with the kind of damage that would force the enemy end the military action or make the enemy unable to carry on the aggression. That means, the analyst notes, Pentagon would use ‘disproportional military force’ against the enemies (Russia, Iran, China and North Korea) if the U.S. or its allies provoke them into responding with conventional weapons.

The U.S. builds up its contingent in Eastern Europe, Middle East, South-East and North-East Asia for the reason to make the doctrine of disproportional force possible, Korybko concludes.

Why the U.S. is not the world’s center of power anymore

While Korybko’s comments might seem a little far-fetched, the fact remains clear: the U.S. loses its reputation and position in being the world’s center of power.

In 2000, speaking at the General Assembly of the United Nations, General Secretary of the UN, Kofi Annan said that the U.S. must head the preparation to realize the Millennium Development Goals as the world’s leading power.

It then seemed that the U.S. would remain the world’s center of power for many years to come, while the United Nations believed that the U.S. with its developed and stable economy was able to decide the fate of the world.

But today these intentions seem rather naive. The U.S. gradually loses its positions and does not know how to react to the current global challenges. And there are a few reasons for that.

First of all, the leaders that come into power in the U.S. are afraid of radical decisions and reforms. Barack Obama is a great example of that.

Second of all, Washington started the global war against terrorism, which as a result exhausted the entire country. In 2001, when the U.S. forces entered Afghanistan, experts claimed that terrorism cannot be eradicated. Since that day, the U.S. has spent over $5 trillion and lost more than 5,000 soldiers, while not being even close to achieving what it was all done for.

China vs U.S. rivalry could be dangerous

And finally, China is close to surpassing the U.S. in terms of economic might. However, while the U.S. GDP is much higher, China’s economy grows rapidly. This year, the International Monetary Fund forecasts that China’s economy will grow by 7 percent.

However, it is widely believed that rivaling with China now is as dangerous as never.

Xí Jinping rules the entire country, and China has not seen anything like that since the times of Mao. Xí Jinping is also the one who made the decision to allocate a vast number of China’s finances on the military program.

If the Chinese government sticks to the military program at the rate it does now, China will build the largest and most modern army in the Pacific Ocean by 2020. If it happens, the U.S. would have to maintain its contingent in many regions of the world.

That is exactly why there are less people who doubt that the time when the U.S. is the world’s sole superpower comes to an end. And the reason lies not only in the current challenges and the unsuccessful war against terrorism, but also in the unwillingness of the U.S. politicians to react to these challenges as well as perceive the reality of the world.

The U.S. does not have THE leader

In the recent few years, the Russian propaganda has been describing the American politicians as hawks who want to make the whole world depend on them and surround Moscow with color revolutions. However, according to international experts, the U.S. congressmen as well as presidents have been weak and dependable recently.

And it is not about the U.S. not having the leaders, it is rather about the society not willing to elect such leaders. The society elects dependable candidates who would rather reach compromises than take a strong stand.

The society wants to control the ‘leaders’ and thus elects those who are not able to establish a regime that would in any way resemble dictatorship through strengthening their authority.

Therefore, most of the candidates who advocate for a strong presidential regime are not supported by the society. And that is the exact reason why Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton are the main candidates in 2016. Nobody expects any surprises from neither of them.

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