As predicted in 2012, and as shown in the previous two posts, the U.S. is slowly being kicked out of Asia (See also HERE and HERE). A new Asian bloc will form under the umbrella protectorate of China and likely, as the article indicates here, Russia will be involved too. Japan will drift to the new Asian bloc and abandon the alliance with America which is backing down from China and allowing it to capture the Asian Pacific. It’s better to join the team you can’t beat instead of getting decimated in war, especially when your team has defectors.
The world is changing rapidly with events that happen only once every 1000 years. Get ready for a world dominated by Europe and Asia. The SCO will be a major player and likely be the military arm, with the largest military the world has ever seen.
Imperceptibly though, Russia is certainly on course to building a chain of positive relations, if not strategic alliances, in the region surrounding it.
While the West and its strong allies in the region see the move as part of Russia’s “expansionism”, others view it as the Russian way of counterbalancing the U.S. position in the region.
Moscow is providing a number of erstwhile U.S. allies the much needed alternative to diversify their foreign policies. This diversification is visible across the region.
For instance, countries including India and Afghanistan have started supporting China’s stance on South China Sea.
Russia’s engagement with countries in the region implies, at least in theory, far less dependence for them on the U.S. and its fragile commitment to their security — a commitment Washington did not adhere to in the Middle East.
Against it, the Russian alternative seems to hold huge potential for them since it is coming in the form of co-operation at state and bilateral levels and also at regional level through organizations.
Russia is going to hold its version of Russia-ASEAN summit and is also planning extended co-operation between ASEAN, Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). Details of “consultations” between these regional groups are likely to emerge after the meetings.
Some regional countries like Philippines are already warming up to this idea. Speaking in Moscow on May 13, Philippine Ambassador to Russia Carlos Sorreta said, “The attributes of this cooperation reflect the potential for strategic partnership, but it will require us to work hard to bring together people and institutions.”
Pragmatic as it looks, these developments can yield results that can withhold or limit the U.S. influence, if not eliminate it altogether, to an extent where the U.S. might find itself unable to operate through its traditional methods of domination and diplomatic coercion.
Full article: Russia is building network of ties with disgruntled US allies in Asia (Asia Times)