Russia and China are deepening their military alliance to counter US Pacific plans
In response to concerns that Washington is aiming to establish a military bloc against Russia, Russian officials and state media have hinted that Moscow may form a military alliance with Beijing and Delhi.
According to RIA Novosti, a state-run news agency, Washington has sent hundreds of thousands of military personnel, carrier strike groups, and bombers to the Asia-Pacific area, which will “become an equivalent to NATO in Asia.”
This alliance, despite being intended to limit China, will “seriously damage Russia’s security,” according to the research.
Doctor of Military Sciences Konstantin Sivkov was cited as saying, “They need a large bloc that would span the entire western half of the Pacific.”
“Naturally, this poses a threat to Russia. Everything, after all, is taking place on our eastern borders. Actions by the United States could lead to the formation of a military alliance between Russia and China. The choice for India is whether to back the Americans, which would have serious ramifications for them, or to support Russia.”
The latest initiatives in Asia, according to the paper, are similar to the North Atlantic Alliance, which began in the late 2000s.
Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe proposed in 2008 that the United States, Japan, Australia, and India participate in the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue in its early phases. South Korea and Vietnam, which share a border with China, were among the first Asian countries to join.
According to the article, the US is speeding up the building of an anti-Chinese coalition based on the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, citing the Russian General Staff’s General Directorate.
The US was also accused of “actively influencing” India, according to the report.
“In addition to Australia and Japan, the participation of India in this format is of particular relevance, since India has always built its foreign policy independently,” said Admiral Igor Kostyukov, Head of the Russian General Staff’s Main Intelligence Department.
According to Konstantin Sokolov, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, to attract Delhi, American lawmakers will need to “play on the long-standing Indian-Chinese conflicts.”
“This isn’t something out of the ordinary. The region’s main players are India and China, with the others playing a supporting role. And, as always, the United States’ purpose is to fight with someone else’s hands rather than spend its own. Support from the military, as well as security, especially information, is a secondary concern “he stated
Sokolov stated unequivocally that such a military bloc would be detrimental to Moscow. “We’ve always had friendly relations with China and India,” he remarked.
On June 23, Kostyukov warned at the Moscow Conference on International Security that Washington intends to deploy the first operational fleet to the Asia Pacific region by 2024, operating in the eastern Indian Ocean.
According to the official, this decision will free up resources for the 7th operating fleet, allowing it to focus on problems in the East and South China Seas, bolstering Washington’s position in the region.
The 7th Fleet is the largest of the United States Navy’s forward deployed fleets, spanning more than 124 million square kilometers from the International Date Line to the India/Pakistan border, and from the Kuril Islands in the north to the Antarctica in the south.
For the first time this month, NATO leaders condemned China and Russia for their military aggression.
However, there was one mention of military cooperation in their 14,400-word final communique: China “is also collaborating militarily with Russia, particularly through participation in Russian drills in the Euro-Atlantic area,” according to the statement.
In an interview published on June 25, a senior NATO officer described China’s military growth and growing diplomatic influence as “scary.”
On March 23, after meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov praised the relationship between Moscow and Beijing as “unique” and marked by “complete partnership and strategic dialogue.”
The military partnership between Moscow and Beijing has divided American defense professionals.
“I see cooperation that is at best flimsy. At the tactical level, soldier-to-soldier, I believe it is higher, and at the strategic level, I believe it is close to zero “General Tod Wolters, the chief of US European Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee in April.
Admiral Philip Davidson, who led the US Indo-Pacific Command until April, told the committee in March that he witnessed “some collaboration” in the “tactical and operational arena” between Russia and China.
He went on to say that he was “alarmed” by it.