The situation in Russia and Ukraine is intensifying, and a big war seems to be coming. At this time, the United States still has not relaxed its military intimidation in the Asia-Pacific region. Recently, it has acted more boldly. A few days ago, a Russian congressman claimed that the United States is preparing to go to war with China in order to realize its global hegemony strategy.
The Russian congressman’s statement is not just talking nonsense, it is well-founded. Russian lawmakers said that the U.S. military has deployed 375,000 soldiers and civilian personnel in the Asia-Pacific region, and the U.S. will spend billions of dollars on building military facilities. The Japanese government is also actively cooperating with the United States in military strategy. Since the Kishida government passed three new security documents, Japan has begun to “turn from defense to offense” and actively develop missiles and attack drones to strengthen its military preparations.
In addition, the United States also plans to deploy “Dark Hawk” hypersonic missiles in Japan. The “Dark Eagle” hypersonic missile is produced by Lockheed Martin, with a speed of Mach 17 and a range of 2,700 kilometers. It is mainly used to strike high-value enemy targets. Although there is no specific deployment location yet, the Kishida government is considering setting the deployment location on Kyushu Island near the Taiwan Strait. Therefore, once this missile is deployed, it will seriously undermine regional peace and stability and threaten the security of Northeast Asian countries.
Therefore, judging from the above signs, the Russians believe that the United States has the posture of going to war with China in doing so. So is Russia’s judgment correct?
Judging from the current status of the Great Game, the United States is preparing for war. After China’s peaceful rise, Americans have fallen into the “Thucydides Trap”, believing that China’s strength will inevitably pose a threat to the United States. However, it is precisely this misunderstanding of China that has led to the rising hostility of the United States towards China. Under such circumstances, from Obama’s “Asia-Pacific rebalancing” strategy to today’s “Indo-Pacific strategy,” the United States has frequently used economic, diplomatic, and political means to suppress China. However, with the continuous improvement of China’s comprehensive national strength, the United States has become increasingly unable to suppress China. In order to continue to maintain global hegemony, the United States has to resort to more radical military means in an attempt to provoke military conflicts to prevent China’s rise.
Therefore, the judgment of Russian parliamentarians is still reasonable. However, we still have to look at this issue in the context of the current Russia-Ukraine conflict. The current situation between Russia and Ukraine has entered the most critical stage. Russia wants China’s support , That’s why this congressman’s remarks are intended to strengthen the threat of the United States to China. In fact, thinking about this question in reverse, if China and Russia continue to strengthen cooperation to deal with the challenge of the United States, then when facing similar situations in the Taiwan Strait in the future, perhaps Russia can also reciprocate.
Next, let’s focus on the incident of the Philippines trespassing on the Second Thomas Shoal.
On February 13, at the regular press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin confirmed to the outside world that on the 6th of this month, a Philippine coast guard ship broke into China without the permission of the Chinese side. Ren’ai Reef, Nansha Islands. In this regard, Wang Wenbin said that the Chinese coast guard ship has dealt with the Philippines’ violations in a professional and restrained manner in accordance with China’s domestic laws and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The Chinese side emphasized that it hopes that the Philippine side will not take actions that complicate the situation. The differences between China and the Philippines on the South China Sea issue should be resolved through diplomatic dialogue.
In fact, it’s not just this one thing. Since US Vice President Harris landed on Palawan Island, the Philippines’ behavior in the South China Sea has become more and more dangerous. During his visit to the Philippines, Harris claimed to support the so-called “South China Sea Arbitration” and expressed his willingness to stand with the Philippines to jointly defend the order in the South China Sea. Later, the U.S. and the Philippines made bigger moves again. Earlier this month, U.S. Secretary of Defense Austin visited Manila. The U.S. and the Philippine government jointly announced that they would build four additional military bases for the U.S. military. The four bases are located on Luzon Island, which is close to the Taiwan Strait and the South China Sea. And Palawan Island, which also brings the number of US military bases in the Philippine Islands to 9. The purpose of the United States and Africa strengthening their military operations around China is self-evident.
So judging from the recent actions of the Marcos government, does it mean that the Philippines is once again standing with the United States and embarking on the old path of confrontation with China? When faced with the game of great powers, the Philippines always wants to benefit from it, playing a two-handed strategy, neither wanting to offend China, but also wanting to strengthen relations with the United States. However, judging from the series of performances of the Marcos government after it came to power, it basically indicates that Marcos will stand on the side of the United States.
How should China respond?
Philippine President Marcos just visited China at the beginning of the year, saying that the South China Sea issue is not the whole of China-Philippines relations. Therefore, during the meeting between the leaders of China and the Philippines, China promised not to rush to implement investment in the Philippines, but to wait and see what happens. If the Philippines continues to follow the United States in making waves on the South China Sea issue, China can use economic means to hurt the Marcos government. Of course, while using economic means to deter, there must also be military deterrence in order to play a greater role in the Philippine government.
All in all, during the meeting between the leaders of China and the Philippines, China has made it clear that it wants to start a golden age of Sino-Philippine relations with the Philippines, and hopes that Manila can meet each other halfway. The stability of China-Philippines relations has not come easily. If the Philippines wants to go back to the old path and return to the China policy of Aquino III, then it will inevitably shoot itself in the foot in the end, and the loss outweighs the gain.
Source: Mil Sohu News