They are now only talking about a “partial divorce”

They are now only talking about a “partial divorce”

Dmitry Kosyrev

Let’s start with the good news: Nearly 90 percent of the Chinese who participated in the survey believe that in the Ukrainian story, the United States is behaving – literally – like a hegemon and a bully. The official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country, Zhao Lijian, completely agrees with them, once again explaining that the actions of NATO led by the United States have aggravated tensions between Russia and Ukraine to the breaking point, but America is constantly adding fuel to the fire, so the people understand everything about hooliganism and other things. right.
Such statements and comments, official and not very official, are now heard in Beijing and in the Chinese media on a daily basis. The country’s position has noticeably toughened compared to the beginning of the special operation – and it has become tougher precisely against the United States and in favor of Russia.
Why? In many countries, the thought begins to sound: America, with its sanctions, is getting something wrong. As a result, the key efforts of US foreign policy are spent on persuading, bribe- ing, forcing dozens of countries, including China, as well as India and others, to join these sanctions. And if they refuse, then at least verbally condemn Russia.
But the point is that such diplomacy weakens and undermines other, moreover, key areas of American foreign policy. With the same China, the United States is already complicated and tense. For example, the power machine in Washington is now polishing a bill that would require the bureaucracy to scrutinize any U.S. investment in China to avoid America’s critical dependence on the production of anything in a rival country – medicines, emergency equipment, weapons components… The list is very long.
And then it turns out that American business is dissatisfied with this story. After all, we are talking about 657 billion dollars of bilateral trade (over the past year), about half of which comes from factories in China, that is, American investments are working that serve the US market. As a result, the idea of a “divorce” of the two economies, the creation of two isolated blocs in the world, began to look dubious: they are now only talking about a “partial divorce.”
That is, instead of a sharp and scandalous breakup, a long process of negotiations is needed, one that does not create problems with its investors and does not anger China more than necessary. And the situation with Ukraine and the constant threats against Beijing not to dare to help Russia in any way directly contradict this main direction of US Chinese policy, that is, the task of simultaneously getting a divorce and not doing it. Beijing understands this perfectly, therefore, with pleasure and incrementally, it expresses everything that it thinks about the behavior of the United States in Ukraine. We also know how the Chinese public reacts.
And exactly the same picture (adjusted for local characteristics) in America with dozens of other countries that do not want to join any sanctions there.
The bottom line, in the words of an American Thinker contributor, is this: “it became clear today that the Biden administration was overconfident in its non-military ability to shake Putin. The sanctions seemed to be very painful at one point, but then Russia landed again.” on your feet.”
Why did this happen? The author, in fact, writes about the unification of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa), but looks at the picture of the world as a whole. And he delivers a verdict: it is not surprising that the sanctions did not destroy Moscow, if you know the entire amount of work done by Russia since 2000 to protect itself from sanctions and financial terrorism with the taking of hostages. In the end, diplomatic isolation didn’t work because the number of countries willing to “isolate Putin” looks small compared to the number of countries that continue to trade with Russia as before.
The author of this article, American Robert Oscar Lopez, of course, is a character that is too colorful and addicting. But knowing. He really studied the history of the BRICS with its attempts to gradually build its own financial system, alternative to the Western one. And this is while after each summit and other meetings of the BRICS in the United States and their allies they were supposed to say anything in order to belittle the meaning of the activities of this association and explain which and which of the participants have problems, which of them is corrupt. But now – both with Lopez and in life – it turns out that these people nevertheless connected a rather dense canvas of economic ties and common interests. Lopez calls this Russia’s “global support system.”
And then he builds a conspiracy theory that is too slim and good to be completely true. It turns out that since the beginning of the century, Russia knew that a break with the West was inevitable, and carefully prepared for it. That is, she considered the development of relations with the “global South” as a priority for herself. And now, when a serious conflict with the Western world has begun, this very global South, not without pleasure, saw that Moscow was being excommunicated from the institutions of Western domination hated by everyone on the planet, and imbued with respect for Russia.
Moreover, these events, the author believes, isolate not the one you think. Today it turns out that Russia has been creating an alternative world for itself for a long time, where the dollar is not the main world currency, and the United States cannot tell others what to do. “So in trying to cut Russia off from the world we (the US) know, we have given Putin a long-awaited opportunity to cut us off from the world we don’t know and don’t understand.”
In fact, of course, everything happened and is happening not so systematically. At the beginning of the century, no one in Russia planned to break with the West in favor of dozens of completely different states. It’s just that some people developed the western direction of trade and diplomacy, others – the east, and others – let’s say, the African. The general idea was that it was necessary to work in all azimuths, and old ties – ties with true friends of the USSR – should be restored, because there was no need to lose them just like that.
Then everything was palpable, although the break with the West – due to the war in Yugoslavia and the bombing of Belgrade – was already beginning. But no one considered it fatal, everyone tried to overcome it. In addition, at the beginning of the century, China was not yet one of the two superpowers, and no one had yet promised India the third place in the world after China and the United States. In the end, everything went gradually and in the order of improvisation. It just so happened that the Russian supporters of the stake on the West lost, and other people won – along with the country.

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