The United States has taken a very “aggressive posture” against both China and Russia in an attempt to weaken the growing alliance between the two powers, says an analyst and radio host from New York.
China has accused the US of threatening to create “chaos” in the South China Sea, and urged Washington to “refrain from all the provocative words and deeds.”
“If the major powerhouse of world economic growth is thrown into chaos, will that serve the interests of the American side?” China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Thursday.
Hua suggested that the United States was inciting its allies in the Asia Pacific region to challenge China’s territorial sovereignty in the disputed waterways.
Washington accuses Beijing of undergoing a massive “land reclamation” program in the Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea, and says China’s territorial claims of the man-made islands could further militarize the region.
Beijing says its determination to defend its sovereignty and safeguard its national interests is “rock-hard and unquestionable.”
“All of this comes in the context of realignment of the relationship between Russia and China that was prompted both by the aggressive move of the United States to reposition its military forces around China and its overt hostility toward Russia,” Don DeBar said in an interview with Press TV on Friday.
DeBar was referring to the so-called pivot strategy, pursued by US President Barack Obama since 2011, which aims to shift US military and economic resources to the Asia-Pacific region.
“So it seems there is a very aggressive posture being taken by the United States toward both China and Russia,” which in turn, “has caused some serious military alliance being developed between the two and even among the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa,” he added.
Tensions have been rising between Washington and Beijing over China’s activities in the South China Sea and US surveillance flights over the islands.
On Wednesday, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter warned China against building artificial islands in the disputed areas, and said Washington will not stop patrolling international waters and airspace in the region.
Beijing last week said it was “strongly dissatisfied” after a US spy plane defied multiple warnings by the Chinese navy and flew over the Fiery Cross Reef, where China is reportedly building an airfield and other installations.
“I’m very concerned about where all of this heads,” DeBar said. “If you look at the underlying dynamics, China is a power on the rise, as is Russia, and the United States, Western Europe, Japan and Australia are on the decline.”
Debar concluded that historically when two economic constructs—one rising and one falling— take aggressive posture against each other, war will ensue.
“As a matter of fact both times that happened in the 20th century, there were world wars,” he said.
A Chinese state-owned newspaper has warned that “a US-China war is inevitable in the South China Sea,” unless Washington stops demanding Beijing halt its construction projects there.
“The intensity of the conflict will be higher than what people usually think of as ‘friction’,” The Global Times, an influential newspaper owned by the ruling Communist Party’s official newspaper The People’s Daily, said in an editorial Monday.