According to the retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, there is a new Cold War between the United States on the one hand and China’s new Cold War with Russia on the other.
Robert Magnus, who served as a “Cold Warrior” during the last decade of geopolitical tensions between the United States and the former Soviet Union, said that the hostile nature of today’s Chinese regime, its occupying power and its alliance with Russia reminded him that he witnessed the rise of the Soviet Union. .
“I’ve seen it before and I’m seeing it again,” he told the Epoch Times.
Analysts have been making this comparison since the last days of the Trump administration when the United States began to take increasingly drastic measures to address the various threats posed by the Chinese communist regime.
The Biden administration has largely resisted the regime’s aggression, insisting on forming an alliance to present a united front against Beijing. In September, the United States, Britain and Australia launched a new security partnership, known as “AUKUS”, centered on the Indo-Pacific Ocean, a move widely seen as an attempt to strengthen the military’s grip on the region.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres recently advised the United States and the Chinese regime to correct their “completely ineffective” relationship, warning of possible new Cold War options. In response, White House Press Secretary Jane Saki confirmed that the United States was not seeking a cold war with Beijing, and described the relationship as “not conflict, but competition.”
Representative Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) Disagreed, saying the United States was “in the early stages of a new Cold War with China.”
On the European side
Regarding the AUKUS partnership that saw the United States and the United Kingdom support the acquisition of nuclear-powered submarines by Australia, Magnus said, “An alliance with Australia is not particularly surprising.” He described Australia as a “strong ally” in the South Pacific and “has a very good foothold in the region”.
The deal sparked outrage from France, which lost an earlier agreement signed in 2016 to supply submarines to Australia. Delays, cost overruns and whether the submarine would meet Australia’s defense requirements were the main questions, which have been publicly debated for years.
Nonetheless, due to the diplomatic failure, some analysts have suggested a widening rift between Anglophone countries and Europe in their approach to China.
Dan Steiner, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and global strategist, said there appears to be a “lack of vision” within the Biden administration on foreign policy, but the AUKUS partnership may be a small indication of what is going to happen.
Magnus and Steiner agree that there are similarities between what the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the United States are forming under AQUS. “NATO was a highly coordinated, coordinated effort to challenge the Soviet Union’s expansion into the rest of Europe,” Magniss noted. Both retired military officials said Akus had begun efforts to build a “NATO version in Asia” to counter Chinese rule.
Shortly after the launch of AUKUS, President Joe Biden hosted a summit in Washington with leaders from Japan, India and Australia. The Quartet Security Dialogue, also known as the Quartet, similarly seeks to address the growing military and economic power of Chinese rule in the Indo-Pacific region, analysts say.
Between AUKUS and Quad, Steiner said the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) could make a good argument that America is abandoning Europe as it was in the old days.
Steiner said the Chinese regime could say that the AUKUS agreement and the Quartet meeting only indicate that the United States no longer cares about Europe or NATO.
Accordingly, the Chinese government will use the broken bones between the United States and France in line with their agenda, he said. “They’re telling the world, you can’t trust the United States, and they’re carrying on the story that the United States is moving away from Europe.”
It is clear to Steiner that the United States is trying to reshape itself with partners who are capable of dealing with the CCP.
Obstacles to new alliances
Steiner said there were obstacles to forming such a national alliance, which suggested that “the CCP understands that the countries with which the United States will try to form an alliance are already trapped in China’s economic spider web.”
According to Steiner, the regime has “tents among most nations” that the United States will seek to connect with Asia, including Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam.
On the contrary, he said, the countries that originally joined NATO in 1949 had no financial or economic ties with the Soviet Union.
“It will be much more difficult to form an Asian version of NATO than to form one at the end of World War II,” he said.
An ‘explosive’ regime
To Magnus, the bourgeois alliances are “rallying against the explosive Chinese military” in recognition of the growing threat posed by the CCP.
“The Chinese regime views the United States as its enemy. [adding that] The military stance of both the Chinese and the Russians is exploding around the world, ”he said.
The CCP is moving closer to being able to challenge the United States in the nuclear field in the far western Xinjiang region.
As the threat from the CCP builds, Magniss said the alliance relationship between the Chinese regime and Russia has also become a growing concern, raising the possibility of a new Cold War. Their first joint naval exercise took place in 2017, and most recently, he said, “China and Russia are also consolidating their positions in Afghanistan.
Magniss said China’s regime is spreading its influence around the world. “It’s different from what we’ve seen in the past.”
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times