by Kevin Barrett (Special Reports, Crescent International Vol. 48, No. 5, Shawwal, 1440)
On June 5, 2019, Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Moscow for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Chinese leader lost no time praising his hosts, “In the past six years, we have met nearly 30 times. Russia is the country that I have visited the most times, and President Putin is my best friend and colleague.” Putin reciprocated, announcing that “Russian-Chinese relations have reached an unprecedented level. It is a global partnership and strategic cooperation.”
Those warm words reflected a rapidly-developing strategic reality. Russia-China trade grew 25% in 2018 to reach a record $108 billion, making China Russia’s top trading partner. The two countries are cooperating on a long list of energy and infrastructure projects, and have announced plans for intensified economic and military cooperation.
The Russia-China partnership, alongside both countries’ friendly relations with Iran, is a strategic nightmare for American hawks, whose global domination project is based on one overriding imperative: “keep Eurasia divided among as many different (preferably mutually hostile) powers (as possible)” or to put it more rudely, “keep the barbarians from coming together” (Zbigniew Brzezinksi, The Grand Chessboard, 1997).
Ironically, the US had greater success dividing the Russian, Chinese, and Iranian “barbarians” during the Cold War, when Russia and China shared a common communist ideology. Today there is no common ideology, but all three Eurasian states share an interest in defeating the divide-and-conquer tactics of the fading sole superpower.
The US is trying to maintain its hold over the world’s central supercontinent through a combination of military encirclement and hybrid techno-economic warfare. It has slapped vicious economic sanctions on Iran, somewhat less severe sanctions on Russia, and is now moving, in fits and starts, toward an intensified trade war with China. Though the US economy can easily handle foregoing trade with Iran and Russia, it cannot sanction China to the same extent, since China is America’s biggest trading partner. The two countries’ trade has surpassed $600 billion in recent years, with the US trade deficit running at over $200 billion. That longstanding deficit has allowed the Chinese to buy up US securities among other massive investments in the American economy, giving it plenty of leverage — as well as a “nuclear option” to sell off its investments and crash the dollar. If Trump launched an all-out trade war with China, America would be committing economic suicide, and Trump’s re-election chances would plummet. So it seems highly likely that Trump’s trade war on China will serve as yet another example of The Don’s mafia-style paper tiger negotiating strategy: roar fiercely on Twitter, make a few threatening moves, then pull back, declare victory, and move on to another manufactured crisis.
In the end it seems there is little the US can do, short of initiating World War III, to stop the Eurasian “barbarians” from gradually uniting and moving the center of geopolitical power out of North America and back to Eurasia where it belongs (incidentally, the “barbarous” nations of Russia, China, and Iran all have much richer and more venerable civilizational traditions than the West does). But the path to an integrated Eurasia will be full of obstacles, most of them manufactured by the dying Empire. Currently the Anglo-Zionists seem to be putting most of their obstructionist efforts into weaponized high tech. America’s war on Chinese tech giant Huawei, complete with the kidnapping of de facto CEO Meng Wanzhou, aims at preventing China from dominating the next generation of technology in general and 5G ultra-high-bandwidth communications in particular.
The US commitment to weaponized tech was also displayed in its vainglorious announcement, via a June 15 New York Times story, that it has planted a “cyber kill switch” in Russia’s power grid. According to the story, US intelligence agencies have hacked and implanted malware in Russian infrastructure “at a scale we never contemplated a few years ago.” The US intelligence cyber-criminals say their vandalism will give them the ability to “fire a shot across the bow” in the event of worsening tensions with Russia, and to win a cyber war should one ever break out (Trump accused the “failing New York Times” of committing “treason” by publishing the story).
But aggressive US tech operations against Russia and China, like other aggressive policies, have the unintended consequence of forcing those two large and powerful nations together — making Brzezinksi’s strategic nightmare scenario a reality. During Xi’s visit to Moscow, Russia and China signed an agreement bringing Huawei together with Russian tech company MTS to develop a 5G network in Russia. Tech experts say China’s big head start in the race to 5G will help it overcome US efforts to sanction Huawei to prevent it from operating in Western countries; Russia’s support could be a key factor. As Godfree Roberts writes in “Huawei, 5G and the Fourth Industrial Revolution,”
Remarkably, only one company owns significant 5G intellectual property, controls its own silicon from end to end, produces all the elements of 5G networks — including proprietary chips — assembles and installs them affordably on a national scale: Huawei.
Given those advantages, it seems that US efforts to cripple Huawei through sanctions will simply give China, and Huawei’s sanctions-busting customers like Russia, an even bigger lead over the West than would have been the case without the sanctions.
As Russian-Chinese cooperation increases in the weaponized tech field, helped along by US aggression, the two Eurasian giants are also moving to increasingly conduct their international trade in their own national currencies — thereby avoiding the US dollar and gradually whittling away at its status as de facto global reserve currency. The bloated US war machine only exists thanks to Washington’s unique privilege of being able to print a huge excess of dollars while forcing the world to accept them. This “petro-dollar privilege,” engineered by Henry Kissinger in 1974 and pegged to Saudi Arabia’s promise to accept only dollars in return for oil, also gives the US the ability to dominate global financial systems and impose financial penalties and sanctions on countries that disobey its orders. The gradual eclipse of the petrodollar privilege as Russia and China work together to undermine it may be the single most important development in the current cold war between the unipolar US and the emerging multipolar world.
It is worth noting that Islam could play a role in the demise of the petrodollar. The intellectual elite of the Muslim world know better than anyone that the current Zionist-dominated fiat currency system represents riba to the n-th power. Since Allah (swt) and His Messenger (pbuh) are at war with the masters of riba, and since the Zionists who are currently waging war on Islam draw their power from the riba system, Muslims are obliged to struggle for the abolition of the current order. Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad has recently stepped to the forefront of that struggle with his proposal for a pan-Asian gold backed currency designed to provide an alternative to the dollar. Chinese and Russian support, whether gradual and tacit or quick and explicit, could help make Dr. Mahathir’s proposal a reality — and seal the fate of Anglo-Zionist petrodollar hegemony.
In the past, dominant powers have often gone to war to try to stop the rise of challengers. Will Chinese-Russian cooperation, and Eurasian cooperation in general, prompt the US to risk a nuclear World War III? Or will a “peaceful rise” scenario transform the world without a shot being fired? Either way, the global balance of power is changing, and the emerging Chinese-Russian alliance is the biggest engine driving that historic transformation.