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    This is Why US Not in Position to Compete With China After 25 Years of Hegemony

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    The collapse of the Soviet Union allowed the US to become the sole hegemon with the capability of influencing global affairs. In the last 25 years Washington has taken considerable efforts to shape global politics through a wide range of political, economic and military tools.

    Following the collapse of the USSR, the US became the only force with the capability of dominating the entire world, Italian geographer, author and geopolitical scientist Manlio Dinucci emphasizes in his opinion piece for Voltairenet.org.

    According to the scientist, the US' geopolitical activities in the last two decades should be viewed through the prism of the so-called Wolfowitz doctrine, an unofficial name given to the initial version of the Defense Planning Guidance for the Fiscal Years 1994-1999.

    "Our first objective is to prevent the re-emergence of a new rival, either on the territory of the former Soviet Union or elsewhere that poses a threat on the order of that posed formerly by the Soviet Union," the document read.

    "This is a dominant consideration underlying the new regional defense strategy and requires that we endeavor to prevent any hostile power from dominating a region whose resources would, under consolidated control, be sufficient to generate global power. These regions include Western Europe, East Asia, the territory of the former Soviet Union, and Southwest Asia," it stated.

    Dinucci points out that over the last 25 years the US' has taken substantial efforts to maintain control over the aforementioned regions and undermine its potential rivals in Eurasia.

    On its Eastern Flank the US-led NATO bloc launched an offensive against Yugoslavia which resulted in the dismembering of the federal republic; the Alliance has also absorbed one by one former Warsaw Pact members and some former Soviet republics and has moved closer to Russia's borders.

    On the Southern front the military bloc has demolished the Libyan state and keeps trying to topple legitimate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    Indeed, in his 2003 speech delivered at the Commonwealth Club of California retired US Army General Wesley Clark recalled that in 2001 Pentagon officials considered the possibility to "attack and destroy governments in seven countries in five years" — particularly in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran.

    At the same time, Dinucci continued, the Pentagon has also focused on the South China Sea — the strategic maritime route — in a bid to maintain Washington's hegemony in Asia Pacific.

    In addition to its military power the US' arsenal also includes "free trade agreements," a wide range of US-backed NGOs aimed at penetrating the target countries from within, and "Psyops" (Psychological operations), kicked off through the global media chains, Dinucci emphasizes.

    However, although Washington possesses a wide range of tools to exert its influence on regional players, the US' geopolitical position has weakened, French journalist and founder of Agora Erasmus organization Karel Vereycken believes.

    "The ongoing tectonic shift is that most Europeans, inside or outside the EU structure, are increasingly attracted by the future-oriented initiatives of the BRICS, the Chinese New Silk Road initiative and Russia's Eurasian Economic Union. The perspective of a win-win strategy of mutual cooperation, driven by innovation and the sharing of benefits, is the only basis for a multi-polar world order and avoiding war," Vereycken highlighted in his recent interview with Sputnik.

    The French journalist pointed out that the Obama administration has also "lost [its] pivot in Asia and keeps losing ground in Syria."

    For his part, Malaysian academic Mathew Maavak called attention to the fact that "one by one, Asia Pacific nations are seeing no economic value in being allied to the United States and they are opting out of the US geo-economic and geopolitical orbits."

    Professor Zhang Baohui, Chinese analyst of Lingnan University in Hong Kong, echoes Maavak.

    "The US is not in a position to compete with China because it is now deeply backed down with national debt and deficit spending, so it is in no way able to compete with China on either an economic or financial front," the professor told Sputnik, commenting on the Philippines and Malaysia's shift to China.

    No matter how hard the US has tried to implement the so-called Wolfowitz doctrine over the last two decades, the US unipolar era has come to an end.

    "The US unipolar era lasted less than 25 years, its end hastened by overambitious wars and the financial crisis of 2007-08," former British intelligence chief Sir Robert John Sawers noted in his op-ed for The Financial Times, "For better or worse, we are returning to a world of great power balance."

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    • avatar
      copius
      In short the USA over extended itself and fucked itself up under irresponsible leaders.
      The only way out is TRUMP who will help rebuilt USA.
      The other alternative is total destruction from a world fed up with US aggression.
      Make the right choice.
    • Mikhas
      Haha the video of Obongo having to take the back-door out of his plane at the g20 summit in China was priceless....
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      enrique_costas
      Henry Kissinger had said the same as Wolfowitz a decade before in his book "Diplomacy".

      But Europe doesn´t have other option but association to Russia and China in OBOR as we don´t have access to the Pacific Rim.

      The future of Europe lies on OBOR, and especially in Russia as the gate and way to the new emerging World.
    • avatar
      anton
      Thanks for a good article!
    • avatar
      michael
      sum it up in one word...stupidity.
    • avatar
      Randall Lee Hilburnin reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, The US economy is one big bubble that is going to burst sooner or later and it will take the US military power along with it when it does. The US will have to opt for the military solution or they run the risk of losing the only trump card they possess.

      It is already out of the hands of whoever becomes President. There is not enough time to avoid what is coming. I can't see why anyone would aspire to become the captain of a ship that is already breaking up.

      You're right, only a stupid person couldn't have seen this coming.
    • C Han
      The US had the opportunity to act in a mature and wise way to create a better world. Instead we had a spoiled kid/brat stealing all the candies he saw and bullying everybody else. They have missed n opportunity and the current electoral turmoil is the final result of such lack of wisdom and maturity.
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