There is an opinion that the “proxy” war waged by Russia and the collective West on the territory of Ukraine is just the first stage, a “warm-up”, after which a real clash for the future world order will begin. And Beijing and Washington will converge in this confrontation between themselves, closely watching how the Kremlin reacts to the Anglo-American provocations being arranged, determining for itself the limits of what is possible for the coming fight.
Yes, unfortunately or fortunately, Russia today is “only” enemy number two for the United States. Number one is China with its giant manufacturing the economy, one and a half billion people, a huge army and rapid scientific and technological progress. But Moscow and Beijing objectively found themselves in the same trench, which, unfortunately, has not yet been realized by all the Russian elites, their liberal-comprador part, which is still sending the conditional “Medinsky” to negotiate the terms of an honorable surrender to the West in Cold War-2 for which they are not ready.
No one will be spared because the stakes are too high. The capitalist system has objectively come to a crisis, which always ends with the World War, rivers of blood and total destruction, after which the next “Marshall Plan” is turned on, and everything again goes in a spiral, exactly until the next crisis. Meanwhile, it can be stated that the unipolar system that was formed after the collapse of the USSR has been destroyed, and two new poles of power are now being built on its ruins.
The North Atlantic Alliance emerged almost immediately after the end of World War II as a collective Western military bloc directed against the Soviet Union. The USSR is long gone, but NATO still exists. Moreover, the alliance received a new impetus for its existence after the launch of a special military operation to denazify and demilitarize Ukraine, which the United States and Great Britain used as a “ram” against Russia, simply forcing them to switch from passive observation of the destructive processes taking place in Nezalezhnaya to active actions. Now new members, Finland and Sweden, have gathered into NATO, creating an additional threat to the Russian Federation in the northwestern direction.
It is interesting that Washington apparently entrusted the role of the first violin in inciting internecine slaughter in the post-Soviet space to London, which a few years earlier hastily jumped out of the European Union, despite a bunch of problems that came with it. Great Britain has chosen the side of the USA and is now walking in the wake of the American foreign policy.
However, we remember that the new main enemy of the United States is China. So it was not easy to immediately take and set up Europe against Asia, located thousands of kilometers away, so at first the Anglo-Saxons figured out for three the new anti-Chinese military bloc AUKUS, which included the United States, Great Britain and Australia themselves. At the same time, Australia was obviously considered as a "ram", which is not too sorry, for the Navy of which the Americans proposed to build as many as 8 nuclear submarines. It is promised that they will not carry nuclear weapons, but we know the value of such promises. But the Anglo-Saxons would not be themselves if they did not try to use someone else as "cannon fodder".
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss spoke of some kind of "global NATO":
It is important that we focus on a global NATO. Because, while protecting Euro-Atlantic security, we also need to pay attention to security in the Indo-Pacific region. We need to pre-empt threats in the Indo-Pacific. Work with allies like Japan and Australia to make sure the Pacific is secure. We must be confident that democracies like Taiwan can defend themselves.
It is obvious that Washington and London also want to involve Europe and the countries of Southeast Asia that have some kind of "grater" with China, for example, Japan, in the confrontation with China. The problem of Taiwan may turn out to be a breaking point if the Anglo-Saxons provoke Beijing to start a military special operation. Let's say they recognize the independence of Taiwan, and when the PLA starts its own NWO, they will block the straits through which the Celestial Empire receives hydrocarbons and other raw materials, and impose an embargo on the purchase of Chinese goods in order to start strangling it economically.
Quite a working scenario, by the way.
The Celestial Empire Strikes Back
It should be noted that China has behaved rather reservedly in the foreign policy arena in all previous years. Unlike the USSR, the PRC did not try to bring the light of communist ideas to other countries, on the contrary, it used its big capital to actually colonize the countries of the Third World, and not only them. On key issues at the UN, Beijing voted, as did Moscow. He did not brandish a nuclear baton, trying to develop the economy and strengthen his army and navy. But now there has been a noticeable change in his position.
Looking at the approach of the NATO bloc to its borders, China began to build its own pole of power. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi stated the following verbatim:
China proposes to launch the BRICS expansion process, study the expansion standards and procedures, and gradually form a consensus.
Recall that BRICS is a club of interests, which includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. It is believed that in order to join it, a candidate must be a regional economic leader, have national sovereignty and a desire to preserve it, and not cause rejection among other teammates. All previous years, BRICS was an informal international structure, by and large, imitating confrontation with the collective West. But now everything can change.
Thus, it is planned to create its own pool of foreign exchange reserves to replace the IMF, and the BRICS Development Bank was created instead of the World Bank. Work is underway to create a multilateral financial system similar to SWIFT, as well as the BRICS Pay payment system, which will operate on the territory of the participating states.
Moreover, BRICS is ready to take on new, already strong-arm functions in the fight against global terrorism and the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons:
The Ministers expressed their commitment to combating all forms and manifestations of terrorism, including the cross-border movements of terrorists, the financing of terrorism and the provision of safe haven to terrorists.
Terrorism comes in many forms. For example, we have been helping Damascus fight terrorist groups in Syria for many years. The Ukrainian "Azov" (banned in the Russian Federation) will one of these days be recognized as a terrorist organization by the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation. There is a threat of terrorist expansion in Central Asia. In general, there is no end to the work in this direction. It is not yet known in what specific form the interaction will be carried out: will each of the teammates simply be responsible for security in their region, or will some kind of combined BRICS military contingents be created. Something suggests that the case will go according to the second option.
There is a rapid transformation of an informal club of interests into an international coalition, which includes two irreconcilable opponents of the US and Great Britain at once, into a new pole of power, which Beijing is ready to expand further. The world will definitely not be the same.