9 Ways China And Russia Are Partnering To Undermine The US
- Overseeing massive military buildups of conventional and nuclear forces, on which they often collaborate and supply each other, as well as of missile defense—on which they have signed an agreement of partnership.
- Conducting aggressive and often underhanded trade and economic policies — in everything from major gas and oil deals to collaboration with newly developed nations on creating alternative international financial institutions.
- Taking aggressive action to consolidate and expand territorial claims in their spheres of influence, often in violation of UN norms: Russia in Central Asia and its “near abroad”; China, with its belligerence toward various disputed islands in the East and South China Seas and also toward itsAsian neighbors.
- Facilitating rogue regimes, both economically and militarily, especially in regard to nuclear weaponry. China has kept the deranged North Korean regime afloat for years with economic aid and enabled Pyongyang’s nuclear pursuits by its refusal to enforce UN sanctions. Russia has bankrolled Iran’s nuclear program and also acted as Syrian dictator Bashar Assad’s strongest ally, showering his regime with weapons systems, bases, and funding — even as Putin hasplayed a key role in spearheading the diplomatic agreement calling for Assad to turn over his chemical weapons.
- Using energy resources and other raw materials as weapons in trade wars.
- Acting as the two leading perpetrators of cyberwarfare worldwide — activity almost entirely directed against US or Western targets.
- Waging a war of intelligence theft and espionage against the West — an effort that has gone on for years but was epitomized in 2013, when China temporarily sheltered, and then Russia accepted for asylum, American NSA contractor and intelligence leaker Edward Snowden.
- Facilitating, albeit indirectly, terrorist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah.
- Standing together at the UN, as when the Russians vetoed — and the Chinese abstained from voting on — a Security Council resolution declaring the Crimea referendum invalid.