|Arthur Dominic Villasanta |||Aug 14, 2016 12:05 AM EDT|
(Photo : Getty Images) The men who would be kings of the world: Putin and Xi
Chinese president Xi Jinping has called on Russia to join China in forming a "New World Order" dominated by both countries that he expects to realize in the next 10 years.
In a vitriolic speech delivered at the 95th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party this July, Xi urged Russia and its president Vladimir Putin to join China in a military alliance that will render NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization) "powerless" and "put an end to the imperialist desires of the West."
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This China-Russia alliance is intended to put more pressure on the United States, China's main antagonist in the South China Sea, by stretching its military forces even thinner with more naval deployments to Europe.
But more important for China, a military alliance with Russia along the lines of NATO will mean Russia will be obligated to fight alongside China should a war break out in Asia against the U.S.
"The world is on the verge of radical change," said Xi to his communist comrades. "We see how the European Union is gradually collapsing, as is the US economy -- it is all over for the new world order."
"So, it will never again be as it was before. In 10 years we will have a new world order in which the key will be the union of China and Russia," said Xi.
Putin has so far not publicly responded to the offer of a military alliance. Putin, however, has long been in favor of a broader military and economic relationship with China. He described both nation's existing cooperation as an "all-embracing and strategic partnership."
Xi's speech was described as incendiary by the West.
Xi's bitter comments came as China faces mounting military challenges and international censure stemming from its obstinate refusal to accept the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. This court ruled on July 12 that China has no legal basis to claim historic rights within the "nine-dash line" in the South China Sea.
Xi is also facing a dangerous leadership challenge within the Communist Party of China from powerful factions allied with former Chinese leaders Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin. Xi is purging leaders in the communist party and the People's Liberation Army allied with Hu and Jiang as he strives to transform China into a one-man dictatorship under his rule in the mold of Mao Zedong.
Analysts viewed Xi's bellicose statements against the West as an attempt to bolster his flagging credentials in the wake of the humiliating South China Sea verdict by the arbitration court. Xi is widely seen as the architect of Chinese aggression in the South China Sea.
Beijing is calling on citizens to be vigilant against anti-government agitators who may be agents of the West.
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