While North Korea was openly defying
Washington with a breakthrough ballistic
missile test, and US President Donald Trump
was embroiled in his usual juvenile tweeting
antics, Russia and China’s leaders were
proudly consolidating their
for a new multipolar global order.
Western media won’t acknowledge as much, but
the meeting this week in Moscow between
Putin and Xi Jinping was of historical
importance. We are witnessing a global
transition in power. And for the common
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his
Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping bond through
an apparent deep sense of mutual respect and
wisdom about the political challenges facing
today’s world. The two leaders have met on
more than 20 occasions over the past four
years. President Xi referred to Russia as
China’s foremost ally and said that in a
topsy-turvy world the friendship between the
two was a source of countervailing
the breaking news of North Korea’s
successful test launch of its first
Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM),
both Putin and Xi called for calm restraint.
By contrast, US President Trump took to
Twitter to taunt Kim Jong-Un. “Does this
guy not have anything better to do with his
life?” said Trump in words that could
apply more pertinently to the American
Then the US and
its South Korea ally also launched their
ballistic missiles in a military drill aimed
as a show of strength to Pyongyang. Kim
that the ICBM was a “gift for the
American bastards” on their Fourth of
July Independence Day holiday and that there
would more such gifts on the way.
escalating tensions, Putin and Xi put
forward the eminently reasonable
that North Korea should freeze its missile
tests and the US should likewise halt its
military exercises on the Korean peninsula.
All sides must convene in negotiations with
a commitment to non-violence and without
preconditions to strive for a comprehensive
settlement to the decades-old dispute.
contrast in Putin and Xi’s dignified,
intelligent response with that of Trump’s
petulance is clear proof of Russia and China
showing real global leadership, whereas the
Americans are just part of the problem.
the Korean drama was only one illustration
this week of how American ambitions of
unipolar dominance have become redundant.
The G20 summit
prelude of Putin hosting Xi in Moscow was
followed by the Chinese president making a
state visit to Germany on Wednesday two days
before the gathering in Hamburg. Xi and
German Chancellor Angela Merkel
signed new trade deals between the world’s
two leading export economies.
“Relations between China and Germany are at
their historic best,”said
Michael Clauss, Germany’s ambassador to
“The economic and political
dynamic from a German perspective is moving
toward the east.”
too was news this week the European Union is
major trade pact with Japan.
is also significant that Japan’s Prime
Minister Shinzo Abe called on China and
Russia to help mediate the Korean crisis
immediately following Pyongyang’s ICMB test
Evidently, Japan, despite being an ally of
Washington, is reaching out to a
multilateral solution as proposed by Moscow
so many ways, therefore, whether on matters
of security or trade and economy, the world
appears to be moving inexorably toward a
multipolar format as the most appropriate
response to challenges.
so from the American point of view,
especially under Donald Trump’s leadership.
All nations seem to be nothing more than a
footstool for the “exceptional”
Americans who feel entitled to hector and
browbeat everyone else to get what they
America’s isolation in the world was
glimpsed at the G7 summit earlier this year
in May when the other nations awkwardly
diverged from Trump on his decision to
withdraw the US from the global climate
accord. Two months on, the isolation of
Washington is even more vivid on the world
stage as G20 leaders gather in Hamburg this
put it succinctly: ‘Trump risks uniting Cold
War allies and foes against him’.
Trump’s quest for “America First” through
trade protectionism and his narrow-minded
unilateralism toward issues of global
security have put America out on a limb as
far as the rest of the world is concerned.
Where is the American “team player”,
the supposed “leader of the free world”?
All the self-proclaimed virtues are being
seen for what they always were: overblown,
pretentious and vainglorious bombast.
America is seen as nothing more than a
selfish, hulking giant. Its trade imbalances
with the rest of the world are not because
of “rotten deals”, as Trump would
have it, but rather because the American
economy has ruined itself over many decades.
The off-shoring of jobs by American
corporations and gutting of American workers
with poverty wages are part of it.
When America now talks about upholding
international law and security, the rest of
the world just laughs with bitter irony. The
wars across the Middle East and the
sponsoring of terrorism are largely US
products of criminal regime-change
intrigues. Who is this deluded head-case in
deluded head-case that has “beautiful
chocolate cake” with China’s president
in a Florida beach resort, and then proceeds
on China and make provocative military
on its territory. It’s not just Trump. It’s
the whole American political leadership. The
American ruling class has become so blinded
by hubris that it can’t even see how the
world it claims to dominate is collectively
shutting the door on it and walking away.
Washington has no answers for today’s world
challenges. Because simply put, Washington
is the source of many of today’s problems.
It has not even the modesty to acknowledge
its responsibility. The only thing the US
seems capable of is to make current problems
fiendishly worse. The Korean crisis is an
Presidents Putin and Xi are not scheming to
usurp world domination, as Washington would
have us believe. Only in Washington would a
vision for a multipolar, more democratic
global order be construed as something
threatening and sinister. That’s because
American ambitions of unipolar “full
spectrum dominance” are actually
threatening and sinister.
The world can
be thankful it has genuine leaders in Putin
and Xi who are forging ahead to create a
multipolar global order. Fortunately, the
strategic alliance between Russia and China
is underpinned by a formidable military
this month carried out in the Baltic Sea are
a vital insurance policy to back up what
Moscow and Beijing are increasingly bold
enough to say to the Americans.
That message, as Putin and Xi effectively
gave to Trump this week, is that American
ambitions of world domination are no longer
acceptable and no longer tenable.
Washington’s days of bullying the world with
its moralizing hypocrisy and military
aggression are over.