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    Lone Superpower? Washington's Allies are Getting Out of Control

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    A multipolar world is emerging as the US, the lone superpower, is losing its grip; while Washington is trying to upset the Sino-Russian rapprochement, its allies are getting out of control.

    Washington has apparently tried to drive a wedge between Moscow and Beijing by issuing two draft resolutions to the UN Security Council on the North Korea problem and Syrian conflict, reached through two separate bilateral consultations with China and Russia, respectively.

    "Just as Beijing would have been taken by surprise at the US-Russian deal on Syria, which came out of the blue last Sunday, Moscow would take note that Washington and Beijing simply set out the road map on North Korea sanctions without taking Russia into confidence," Ambassador M. K. Bhadrakumar, former career diplomat in the Indian Foreign Service, writes in his article for the Indian Punchline blog.

    Washington is making every effort to upset the Sino-Russian entente. A steadily enhancing Russia-China partnership has triggered deep concerns among American policymakers and thought leaders.

    "Western strategists are… right to watch this relationship closely since a major strengthening of Russia-China relations could develop into the Eurasian 'colossus' (albeit with two capitals rather than one) that geopolitics gurus have long warned about," Lyle J. Goldstein, Associate Professor in the China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI) at the US Naval War College in Newport, wrote in his analysis for The National Interest.

    To complicate matters further, Russia, China, India and Iran have purportedly decided to deal a lethal blow to the petrodollar, by shifting to their national currencies and euros in their oil trade.

    As for the two resolutions, "both Moscow and Beijing also may have succeeded in driving some wedge between the US and its regional allies in the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific regions," M. K. Bhadrakumar notes, referring to the fact that neither Japan and South Korea in the Asia Pacific nor Turkey and Saudi Arabia in the Middle East are happy with the Obama administration's recent initiatives.

    The Syrian ceasefire by no means plays into the hands of Recep Tayyip Erdogan and King Salman; at the same time Tokyo and Seoul do not feel nice about the deal reached by Beijing and Washington over North Korea.

    "Most certainly, Japan's latest overture to Russia is a reflection of its disenchantment with the US' 'rebalance' in Asia," the Indian diplomat emphasizes.

    It was reported that in early February 2016 US President Obama urged Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe to abolish his upcoming visit to Moscow, but Abe refused to follow Obama's recommendations.

    According to former Russian Ambassador to Japan Alexander Panov, the move should not be regarded as a Japanese rebellion against Washington since Tokyo sticks to a very "balanced" position.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe shake hands prior to their talks in the Kremlin, April 29, 2013
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    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe shake hands prior to their talks in the Kremlin, April 29, 2013

    "On the one hand, Abe is preparing for his visit to Moscow, on the other he is trying to sooth his partners saying that it [the visit] won't cause serious damage to a common position of G7, especially regarding Ukraine," Panov explained in an exclusive interview with Sputnik.

    However, it is clear that Japan is not interested in pursuing 'Russian isolation' policy, whether the White House likes it or not.

    "Again, the decision by Saudi Arabia and Qatar to form a de facto cartel with Russia and Venezuela to regain control of the oil market cannot but have geopolitical implications," M. K. Bhadrakumar underscores.

    Indeed, the initiative to freeze oil extraction at January levels was supported by Russia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Venezuela in mid-February and later backed by Ecuador, Algeria, Nigeria, Oman, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.

    "We may expect more realignments at the regional level in both Middle East and Asia-Pacific," the Indian diplomat suggests.

    "The good thing is that the Obama administration is signaling interest in a new spirit of 'multilateralism' in the US' regional policies by accepting the role of Russia and China as 'equal' partners. The bad thing is that Obama's successor may not feel obliged to follow his path," M. K. Bhadrakumar stresses.


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    • Baybars
      Obama doesn't care any more, if he cared at all before. His lips will move and words will come out but nothing will happen until the end of 2016 unless the 'shadow' government makes a move. I wonder which one of the lunatic war-mongers will replace him? Does it even matter which face we see in the Whitehouse if that face has no real control over the military-industrial complex?
    • Jet fuel can't melt steel beams
      Well "superpower" the us? Not really. Allies? No vassals.

      "The good thing is that the Obama administration is signaling interest in a new spirit of 'multilateralism' in the US' regional policies by accepting the role of Russia and China as 'equal' partners.

      As if the us will have the power to say otherwise.. without using their usual lies and threats.
    • avatar
      On paper the USA have many allies !!! Bud I have daub in case of real need there will be on the side line to look what is going on with the USA !!
      At the best for the USA there are only neutral supporters.
    • avatar
      Maybe in the new world this diplomatic crap won't be necessary.
    • avatar
      AmeriCuns a Super Power ... u are having a Laugh .... AmeriCuns have troops on the Ground in Ukraine, In Poland, In Baltic States, In Afghanistan, In Iraq, In Libya ,,,

      AmeriCun at Best a REGIONAL Power ..... ROFLOL
    • avatar
      they know the us is less and less viable and had to find ways to survive. good example is japan. china effectively controls the islands in south china sea and thereby sea lanes around them. almost 90 percent of japan oil import pass through the islands. that is why abe was in moscow.
    • avatar
      The sooner everyone distanced themselves from the terrorist American government the better off the world will be.
    • avatar
      The Outlaw US Empire's no longer a superpower, although it still remains the #1 obstacle toward establishing World Peace. It's Vision 2020 policy to gain Full Spectrum Domination of the planet and its people has failed, although it seems to continue its pursuit, which is typical behavior for Imperialists inability to see they've failed. What must now happen is to unravel and repair the massive damage done by the Empire, which will take several generations to accomplish.
    • avatar
      superpower? No. A spoilt incompetent dangerous set of human deviants who really need to have their genes removed from humanity's pool. The rest of us simply wish to enjoy life whilst we have it.
    • avatar
      I would not take this "new spirit of 'multilateralism" with a grain of salt. The ONLY reason the psychopaths in Washington would ever agree to ANYTHING would be to further their onward march toward world domination. They're nothing but liars, over and over again. They are only agreeing with this so to catch the "other side" off guard and to pull an end run in some way. Of course, these idiots are playing jump rope while China and Russia are playing 3 dimensional chess. C & R just let these morons THINK they're being sneaky and stealthy. They're 5 steps ahead of anything Washington could possibly come up with.
    • avatar
      The key to reining in the US corporate war machine lies in the depletion of their allies and foreign bases. Without those bases and allies the US would not be in a position to launch and support it's military adventures. Everything should be done to undermine those relationships to tear apart those alliances. The US ego and exceptionalism doctrine is their weakness and should be exploited at every opportunity as a wedge between them and their allies.
    • Is it because I am black?
      That is pretty crafty: drive a wedge between Russia and China, upset the action in Syria and the stability of North Korea, forbid the Japanese to travel, interfere with the oil arrangements... and then say, all in a spirit of multilateralism. All we can say so far is that it takes the US a bit more effort to assert itself than when Russia was all docile in the 2000s. But it's still a superpower alright.
    • FlorianGeyer
      Again we are faced with US Foreign Policy Diplomats whose knowledge of history is when they last defecated.

      The British used Gun Boat Diplomacy in the late 19th and early 20th centuries , BUT they realised that displays of Gun Boat terror did not frighten powerful nations.
    • Anton KOMAROV
      Much more players complicate the game for Washington, even though Russia has been absent for the past two decades from the big game it has an undeniable experience. The US will continue their destabilasation program and try to play one against each other, that was bound to happen but they have been beaten at this game both in Crimea and now in Syria, Russia seems to be prepared for any eventuality
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      tobi.gelandoin reply toAnton KOMAROV(Show commentHide comment)
      Anton KOMAROV, Very good I could not have say it better
    • avatar
      Just look at his smart eyes! He is thinking! Let's make a statue of him.
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