‘Dual Containment’ of Moscow, Beijing is ‘Mission: Impossible’ for Washington, Taiwan Expert Says
Sputniknews – Although the US has identified “great power competition” with Russia and China as its new strategic orientation, Washington has struggled to build even regional alliances against them outside of NATO. It’s no coincidence, then, that NATO is seeking to make partners out of US allies in East Asia.
Dr. Chang Ching, military expert on the People’s Liberation Army and regional security and senior research fellow of the Taiwan-based Society for Strategic Studies, told Sputnik that while many commentators have accused Washington of having a “dual containment” strategy against Moscow and Beijing, based on their “very strong disagreements,” Washington simply doesn’t have the global clout to isolate such strong and powerful countries.
“Both Russia and China are global players in international politics and economic affairs. If the Biden administration has an aspiration to contain either Russia or China, the United States needs to forge a global consensus to mobilize an effort to contain any of these two countries on a worldwide scale,” Chang said. “As for now, it is simply a ‘mission: impossible’ to consolidate most countries to take any negative measures towards Moscow or Beijing. Only certain Western states have joined the collective actions to hinder the freedom of actions acted by Moscow or Beijing.”
“Even many of the US’ traditional allies like the Philippines would have strong reluctances to take coordinated actions against Russia and China. No nation would like to take sides unconditionally nowadays. It all depends on how much Washington can commit to the alliance relationships. There is no free lunch for Americans to take from the dining tables of other countries any more. After all, the general rule of give and take is always valid in international politics,” Chang noted.
Indeed, this is no small part of why NATO defines China as a “systemic challenge” rather than using the more hostile word “threat.”
Rev. 16:12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great River Euphrates; and the “water” (Rev. 17:15) thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the East (eastern block – the U.S.S.R. and China re-united) might be prepared. – World War 3: The Second of its Three Woes/Phases
Ezekiel 38 (extract)
Thus says the Lord God; behold I AM against you Gog the prince of Rosh (Russia) Meshech (Moscow) and Tubal (Tobolsk) – the Western and Eastern Capitols of the U.S.S.R. (now called the C.I.S.): I will turn you back (from seeking peace) and put hooks into your jaws (hunger), and I will bring you forth, with all your armed forces and Persia, Ethiopia, Libya, Gomer, Togarmah and ALL the earth with them against My people Israel (Britain and the British Commonwealth; America; Scandinavia; the Netherlands; the Baltic States; Northern France; Northern Spain and the Jews) to the lands of unwalled villages (walls of untempered mortar) without bars or gates (no defences because of defence cuts after the “so-called” peace dividend), when they (the politicians – foolish prophets) say peace, peace and there was NO peace. – THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE and THE TWO WITNESSES