Russia has accused the United States of using NATO to ‘target’ China and destabilise the Asia-Pacific region.
In a rant shared by the Russian Embassy in the UK on X (formerly Twitter), Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov claimed NATO, led by the United States, wants the “collapse” of the “inclusive regional architecture of ASEAN [The Association of Southeast Asian Nations]”, which includes Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
It comes after he claimed the US and the West are now “directly at war” with Russia in a rant to the UN. Now, he appears to be cosying up to China by regurgitating CCP-sanctioned rhetoric coming out of Beijing.
Back in July, China’s state-run news agency Xinhua claimed that: “Despite all the chaos and conflict already inflicted, NATO is spreading its tentacles to the Asia-Pacific region with an express aim of containing China.”
But, in a tweet that echoes China’s words by featuring an image of a NATO ‘octopus’ in an ‘Uncle Sam’ hat with a tentacle pointing at the Asia-Pacific region, Russia has gone one step further. Lavrov suggested NATO and the US want to destabilise the region and “generate risks for a new hotbed of geopolitical tension”.
Vladimir Putin’s key crony said the “attempt to extend NATO’s area of responsibility to the entire Eastern Hemisphere under the pernicious slogan of ‘indivisible security’ of the EuroAtlantic and Indo-Pacific region” has “become a new dangerous manifestation” of the “bloc’s expansionism”.
“To this end, Washington is creating subordinate military-political mini alliances such as AUKUS [the trilateral security pact between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States], the US-Japan-Korea trilateral summit, and the Tokyo-Seoul-Canberra-Wellington Quartet, pushing their members into practical cooperation with NATO.”
“It is obvious that these efforts are targeting Russia and China, as well as the collapse of the inclusive regional architecture of ASEAN, and generate risks for a new hotbed of geopolitical tension.”
Lavrov’s latest diatribe comes as concerns grow about China’s military activities in the region. Earlier this month, China flew more than 100 warplanes over Taiwan in the space of 48 hours – while ten of its Navy vessels circled the island, in one of its biggest displays of force so far this year.
China’s grandstanding came just weeks after the United States sent equipment to the self-ruled island for the first time in history.
Beijing has continued to claim Taiwan as an integral part of its territory ever since the island declared its independence in 1949 during the civil war with the Chinese Communist Party. President Xi Jinping’s has said he is committed to bringing Taipei back under Chinese control.
Taiwan’s Major General Huang Wen-Chi said: “This year, the Chinese Communist Party has aggressively expanded its armaments and continued to build various types of fighter jets and drones.”
The Philippines has also “strongly condemned” Beijing, after China created a ‘floating barrier’ which cut off Filipinos from entering and fishing in the Scarborough Shoal, a long-disputed part of the South China Sea.
It all comes at a time when analysts say that China’s slowing economic growth, caused by Xi Jinping’s policies, could expose “natural divisions” within the country prompting resistance to the CCP.
Former White House official John Bolton told Daily Express US at numerous factors are hurting China’s economy, including a declining workforce and aging population due to Beijing’s infamous One Child Policy.
Bolton said: “Xi Jinping and the Communist Party have re-centralized control over the economy in a way not seen since the time of Mao Zedong. They did it deliberately even knowing, acknowledging in fact, that they risked a slower rate of economic growth because they wanted political control.
“All of that may now be coming home to roost, in part because of COVID. Honestly, we don’t really know the full impact of COVID inside China. I suspect it’s worse than we have been told.”