The rise of China and Russia is forcing the US president, Barack Obama, to concede the dawn of a new “international order” that is no longer controlled by the United States, reports Duowei News, an outlet run by overseas Chinese.
Delivering a commencement speech over the weekend at the US Military Academy at West Point, Obama said he would seek a new international order with more international cooperation, stronger international standards and institutions and alliances to help resolve challenges ranging from terrorism, nuclear proliferation, climate change to economic decline.
“Our adversaries would like to see America sap its strength by overextending our power,” Obama said. “So we have to shape an international order that can meet the challenges of our generation.“
Obama’s words come following a four-stop trip to Asia. Part of the purpose of the trip, according to Duowei, was for Obama to check on its “little brother” allies of Japan and the Philippines to help the US rekindle the status of world leader, but it is becoming increasingly clear that the US is no longer capable of maintaining international order alone, Duowei added.
The phrase international order has also been used by both Xi and Putin, albeit with a different meaning. For Xi and Putin, it means creating a multipolar world, whereas for Obama it means maintaining the United States’ unipolar era, alleged Duowei.
As such, the US idea of international order is one in which the global rules don’t apply to themselves but do apply to the rest of the world, Duowei added.
History has proven, however, that there is no power that can maintain its hegemony forever and there are signs that the US is losing its grip, Duowei said, adding that the impact of the global financial crisis on the US and Europe has paved the way for China and Russia to re-emerge.
According to Duowei, the rise of China will be the most important factor in the changing international landscape of the 21st century. The eventual outcome of this rise is not clear at this stage, but what has become evident is that China’s strategies seemed to have changed since Xi took over the reins, Duowei said, adding that while China may be an “awakened lion,” it is a peaceful, amiable and civil lion.
Full article: Obama forced to concede new ‘international order’: Duowei (Want China Times)