Russia, Iran and China are defying the US and NATO and imposing new balances of power

China has begun to decisively shuffle the deck of global sovereignty unconcerned with an inevitable round of sanctions coming in early 2025 or even a possible collapse of the international financial system.

Last week, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his list of US demands were greeted in Beijing by Foreign Minister Wang Yi and President Xi Jinping as little more than… a nuisance mosquito.

Wang, as recorded in the minutes, stressed that Tehran had a legal right to defend itself against Israel’s violation of the Vienna Convention when it attacked the Iranian consulate in Damascus. In the UN Security Council, China is now openly denouncing not only the terrorist attack on the Nord Stream gas pipelines by the Western powers, but also the blocking of the solution of the recognition of a Palestinian state by the US and Israel.

In addition, Beijing – like Moscow recently – is hosting the Palestinian political factions in a conference aimed at unifying their positions. Recently, just two days before Moscow celebrates Victory Day, the end of the Great Patriotic War, Xi will land in Belgrade to remind the whole world of the 25th anniversary of the bombing of the Chinese embassy by the US, UK and NATO.

Russia, meanwhile, provided a platform for UNRWA – the UN aid agency for Palestinian refugees, which Israel sought to expel – to explain to the BRICS-10 top representatives the serious humanitarian crisis in Gaza, as described by UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini.

In short, serious political activities are already taking place outside the UN system as the UN disintegrates into a shell with the US dictating all terms as the largest partner. Another key example of BRICS as the new UN: Russian Security Council President Nikolai Patrushev met in St. Petersburg with his Chinese counterpart Chen Wenqing on the sidelines of the 12th International Security Summit, which gathered more than 100 states, including the heads of BRICS defense as representatives from Iran, India, Brazil and South Africa, as well as Iraq.

The report on the new SCO security doctrine

But the key crossroads in recent days has been the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) defense summit in Astana, Kazakhstan. For the first time, China’s new defense minister, Dong Jun, met with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu, to highlight the comprehensive strategic cooperation between the two states.

Dong significantly emphasized the “dynamic” nature of China-Russia military interaction, while Shoigu emphasized that it “sets a model for interstate relations” based on mutual respect and shared strategic interests. Addressing the plenary session of the SCO assembly, Shoigu categorically denied massive Western propaganda about a Russian “threat” to NATO.

Everyone was at the SCO defense ministers meeting – including, at the same table, India, Iran, Pakistan and Belarus as observers. It should be noted that Minsk wishes to join the SCO. The Russia-Iran-China strategic cooperation network is being developed so that all “hammers hit the same rhythm”.

In addition to Dong’s meeting with Shoigu, the latter also met with Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Ashtiani, who lavishly praised Beijing’s condemnation of the Israeli terror airstrike in Damascus. What is happening now between Beijing and Tehran is a repeat of what started last year between Moscow and Tehran, when a member of the Iranian delegation during a visit to Russia noted that both sides had agreed to a high-level cooperation.

In Astana, Dong’s support for Iran was unquestionable. He not only invited Ashtiani to a security conference in Beijing, mirroring Iran’s position, but also called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and the delivery of humanitarian aid.

Shoigu, during his meeting with Ashtiani, recalled that “the joint fight against international terrorism in Syria is a living example of our long-standing friendly relations.”

A new global security order

The establishment of a new global security order is right at the heart of the BRICS group’s planning – on a par with the de-dollarization debate. All this is anathema to the collective West, which is incapable of understanding the multifaceted and interrelated forms of cooperation between Russia, Iran and China.

And the interaction continues apace. Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Beijing later this month. On Gaza, the Russia-Iran-China position is in complete sync: Israel is committing genocide. From the EU – and NATO as a whole – this is not recognized: the bloc supports Israel no matter what.

After Iran, on April 13, changed the game for good in West Asia without even using its best hypersonic missiles, the key question for the Global South is this: who will ultimately restrain those who commit genocide, and how? Diplomatic sources hint that this will be discussed in person by Putin and Xi.

The art of War

As one Chinese scholar remarked with singular eloquence: This time, Westerners face:

  • a 5,000-year-old written culture,
  • armed with Sun Tzu’s Art of War, like Mao,
  • Xi’s strategy of using local currencies;
  • the investments in the framework of the Belt&Road initiative,
  • the BRICS,
  • the digitization of the renminbi (the Chinese currency);
  • the most powerful industry in the world,
  • technological superiority,
  • the economic strength and support of the Global South.

All this against, with the US in domestic political turmoil, with its aircraft carriers in West Asia, and Israel, completely out of control.

US concerns

US threats of a “clear choice” between ending several key aspects of the Russia-China strategic partnership or facing a tsunami of sanctions do not scare Beijing.

The same is true of Washington’s efforts to prevent BRICS members from abandoning the dollar. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has made it clear that Moscow and Beijing have almost reached the point of completely abandoning the dollar in bilateral trade. And the sheer theft of Russian assets by the collective West is the ultimate red line for the BRICS – and all the other states watching with horror – as a whole.

Yaroslav Lisovolik, founder of BRICS+ Analytics, points out that the road map to an alternative payment system is still in its infancy but the processes will accelerate. When it comes to Russia-China trade, the dollar-abandonment train has already left the station.

However, the main question remains: how Russia-Iran-China (RIC), as BRICS leaders, SCO members and at the same time three leading “existential threats” to the USA, will be able to start implementing a new global security architecture.

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