Thursday, October 28, 2021

US moving towards new Cold War with Chinese regime amid growing aggression by Beijing: Experts

According to a retired US Army lieutenant colonel, there is a strong case that a new Cold War is brewing between China with the United States on the one hand and Russia on the other.

Having served as a “cold warrior” during the past decades of geopolitical tensions between the United States and the former Soviet Union, Robert Maginis noted that the regressive, power-grabbing nature of today’s Chinese regime and Russia’s His alliance with him reminds him of what he was first seen with the rise of the Soviet Union.

“I’ve seen it before and now I’m watching it again,” he told The Epoch Times.

Analysts have been making this comparison since the later phase of the Trump administration when the United States began to take increasingly tough actions to counter a series of threats posed by the Chinese communist regime.

The Biden administration has continued to confront the regime widely over its aggression, insisting on forming a coalition to present a unified front to counter Beijing. In September, the United States, Britain and Australia launched a new security partnership, known as the “Ocus”, that focused on the Indo-Pacific, a move widely attributed to the regime’s military assertiveness in the region. seen as an attempt to target.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres recently suggested the United States and the Chinese regime mend their “totally worthless” relations, warning of a possible new Cold War option. In response, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed that the United States was not looking for a Cold War with Beijing, and described the relationship as “not one of conflict, but of competition”.

Representative Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) disagreed, arguing that the United States is “in the early stages of a new Cold War with China.”

Sidelining Europe

With regard to the AUKUS partnership, in which the United States and the UK supported the acquisition of nuclear-powered submarines by Australia, Maginis said, “the alliance with the Australians is not particularly surprising.” He regards Australia as “a solid ally” in the Southern Pacific with “a very good foothold through the region”.

The deal attracted anger from France, which lost out on an earlier agreement signed in 2016 to provide Australia with submarines. Delays, cost overruns, and major questions about whether the submarine would meet Australia’s defense needs were publicly debated for years.

Nevertheless, the diplomatic fallout has led some analysts to suggest a widening rift between the Anglophone countries and Europe in their approach to China.

Dan Steiner, a retired US Air Force colonel and global strategist, said there appears to be a “lack of vision” inside the Biden administration with regards to foreign policy, but added that the AUKUS partnership could be a small sign of what is to come.

Maginis and Steiner agreed that there are parallels between what the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the United States are building under AUKUS. “NATO was a very concerted, coordinated effort to challenge the expansion of the Soviet Union into the rest of Europe,” Maginis said. Both retired military officials said AUKUS is the beginning of the United States trying to build a “NATO version in Asia” to counter the Chinese regime.

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Shortly after the launch of AUKUS, President Joe Biden hosted a summit in Washington with leaders from Japan, India and Australia. Analysts say the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, also known as the Quad, similarly seeks to address the growing military and economic might of the Chinese regime in the Indo-Pacific.

Between AUKUS and Quad, Steiner said the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) could make a good argument that the United States is leaving Europe, unlike the old days.

“The Chinese regime has been able to say the AUKUS deal and the quad meeting is just a sign that the US no longer cares about Europe or NATO,” Steiner said.

Accordingly, the Chinese regime will take advantage of the rift between the United States and France to suit its agenda, he said. “They’re telling the world, you can’t trust the United States, and they’re going to keep pushing the story that America is moving away from Europe.”

To Steiner, it is clear that the United States is attempting to realign itself with partners that are more capable of dealing with the CCP.

Barriers to new alliance

Steiner said there are obstacles to forming such an alliance, suggesting that “the CCP is aware that the US will attempt to form alliances with many countries already accustomed to China’s economic spider web. “

According to Steiner, the regime has “tentacles in most nations” that the United States will attempt to align with in Asia, and these include Indonesia, Japan, South Korea and Vietnam.

In contrast, he said, the countries that originally joined NATO in 1949 had no financial or economic ties to the Soviet Union.

“It is going to be far more difficult to create an Asian version of NATO than it is to create NATO at the end of World War II,” he said.

An ‘explosive’ regime

For Maginis, in recognition of the growing threat posed by the CCP, capitalist coalitions “are ganging up against an explosive Chinese military”.

“The Chinese regime considers the United States its enemy, [adding that] The military currency of both Chinese and Russia is exploding around the world,” he said.

The CCP is getting closer to being able to challenge the United States in the nuclear field, Maginis said, pointing to mid-year reports about the construction of about 120 new missile silos near the northwestern city of Yumen, and Another 110 silos in the far western Xinjiang region.

As the threat from the CCP grows, Maginis said coalition relations between the Chinese regime and Russia have also become a growing concern, raising the prospect of a new Cold War. Their first joint naval exercise was in 2017, and recently, he said, China and Russia are also strengthening their positions in Afghanistan.

Maginis said the Chinese regime was expanding its influence around the world. “It’s unlike anything we’ve seen in the past.”

JM Phelps

freelance reporter

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JM Phelps is an author and researcher of both Islamist and Chinese threats.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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