Global Times Insists China-Russia ‘Strategic Partnership’ Is More Important Than U.S. ‘Alliances’
March 22 , 2021 (EIRNS)—Under the headline, “China-Russia Ties Deepen While U.S. and Allies Flail,” the editorial in the March 21 Global Times took note of the extensive global diplomacy taking place at this time: the 2+2 meetings in Japan and South Korea; the Anchorage meeting; Gen. Austin in India; Secretary Blinken heading for Brussels today for four days of NATO meetings, and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov going to China today. While the anti-China and anti-Russia policies were at the center of the American meetings, the paper reported that “Beijing and Moscow usually do not proactively aim at Washington when discussing their strategic partnership.” In fact, they stated, China and Russia do not believe in “alliances”:
“China and Russia’s move to forge a partnership rather than an alliance is displaying their confidence, and is more in line with the spirit of this era.... Of course, global strategic goodwill is the foundation of a comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Russia in the new era. Yet perhaps the U.S. will never learn to show such goodwill.”
Ordering the world into “blocs” and “alliances” is no longer working, the editorial stated. “The role of strengthening the alliance between the U.S. and its allies, which is now promoted by the new U.S. administration, will be limited. If the U.S. relies on its alliance to solve the problems caused by its outdated hegemonism, it will be a crazy act.”
Global Times referenced Biden’s remark about Putin being a “killer,” the accusation of “genocide” against China, and calling both Russia and China a threat to the world order.
“Washington is playing a game that is surely to harm itself and likely does no good to its Asian allies. The U.S.’ sense of crisis stems fundamentally from the decline of its comprehensive competitiveness. Its hegemonic framework remains roughly the same, yet its internal supportive power is weakening. The problem will not be resolved by strengthening ties with its allies. The tactic may give the U.S. more courage, but it is essentially exposing U.S. diffidence. The most influential bilateral relationship in Eurasia is the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination for a new era. China and Russia understand the weight of their ties. When the two sides continue to deepen their relations, they also take care of the feelings of other countries in the region modestly and in a restrained manner, reiterating that the relationship between Beijing and Moscow is a partnership, rather than an alliance.”
On Japan, the editorial posited that despite America “desperately upgrading its alliances with a handful of countries in the Asia-Pacific region,” with Japan basically siding with it, nonetheless,
“The Japan-U.S. relationship cannot be promoted as a model in Asia. In the long run, it will be the general trend that Japan will develop a more independent diplomacy. The present-day world is no longer about a life-or-death geopolitical game. It is difficult to bind countries together as a monolithic whole simply through a security vision. Every country’s interests are diverse. Each country needs to carry out cooperation with others flexibly in multiple directions instead of putting all its eggs in one basket.”
Neither South Korea nor India allowed any reference to China in their joint communiqués with the United States this past week.