Blinken attempts to bully China for its relations with Russia

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In a move likely to stoke geopolitical tensions, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken recently turned his attention to China, asserting that its support for Russia is exacerbating the most significant security threat in Europe since the Cold War. These comments come just a week before the NATO Summit in Washington, DC, and have been interpreted by experts as a strategic attempt to align European allies with Washington’s geopolitical agenda, while simultaneously creating divisions and inciting chaos, potentially sparking “another Ukraine crisis” in Asia.

Blinken’s remarks, delivered at the Brookings Institution-a prominent Washington-based think tank-have added fuel to an already volatile international landscape. Blinken claimed that China’s actions were contributing to Europe’s greatest security threat and stressed that this sentiment is echoed by China’s neighbors in Asia. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg echoed Blinken’s rhetoric, accusing China of aiding Russia in inciting the largest military conflict in Europe since World War II by providing advanced technology for missile and drone production.

China was quick to rebuff these allegations. Mao Ning, a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, responded to Blinken’s comments at a press briefing, condemning the US for its attempts to provoke conflict. Mao questioned the values purportedly upheld by NATO, suggesting that if they involve creating conflicts and escalating tensions, China cannot endorse them. She argued that NATO has consistently interfered in China’s domestic affairs, misrepresented its policies, and posed significant threats to China’s interests and security.

Regarding the Ukraine crisis, Mao reiterated China’s commitment to promoting peaceful dialogue and finding a political solution. She urged NATO to reflect on its role in the crisis and focus on its contributions to peace in Europe and globally, rather than deflecting blame onto others.

Blinken’s statements are seen by many as a calculated move to drive a wedge between China and Europe, as well as between Russia and Europe. Li Haidong, a professor at China Foreign Affairs University, suggested that Blinken’s rhetoric is designed to maintain US dominance and keep Europe in a subordinate position. By inciting division, the US aims to prompt its European allies to increase their investments in resources and capabilities directed toward engaging in a geopolitical competition with China. This strategy could potentially lead to the creation of a “mini-NATO” in the Indo-Pacific region.

Moreover, experts believe that the US is attempting to hinder China’s development by complicating its internal and external environment, thereby ensuring America’s continued global supremacy. This approach, however, is criticized as shortsighted and ultimately detrimental to US interests.

The rise of right-wing political forces in Europe adds another layer of complexity to this situation. Blinken’s attempt to rally European allies against China might not be as effective as anticipated. There is a possibility of strong backlash and controversy, as European nations might resist being drawn into another geopolitical conflict orchestrated by Washington.

Blinken emphasized the relevance of Asian challenges to European partners, citing a joint statement by NATO and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. The statement, made in the wake of the Ukraine crisis, suggested that events in Europe could easily be replicated in Asia, highlighting the interconnectedness of global security threats.

Washington’s approach, as noted by experts, seems to aim at inciting another crisis in Asia similar to the Ukraine conflict. For the US, global peace and stability do not align with its hegemonic aspirations. Instead, a turbulent world serves to maintain American dominance. This strategy, however, is transparent to many Asian and European countries, which recognize the US’s intentions to incite chaos to secure its global standing.

Li Haidong pointed out the potential for significant backlash against Blinken’s statements. With the growing influence of right-wing nationalists in Europe, there is a strong likelihood that these remarks will not be well-received, and could instead foster greater resistance to US policies.

Blinken’s recent accusations against China reflect a broader strategy by the US to consolidate its influence and maintain its hegemonic position. By attempting to draw European allies into its geopolitical schemes and incite divisions, Washington risks provoking further instability. The reaction from China, as well as the potential backlash from European nations, underscores the complexity and volatility of the current international landscape. As the NATO Summit approaches, the implications of these developments will undoubtedly be a focal point of discussion among global leaders.

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