Author: Aurangzeb Qureshi

Flawed US Foreign Policy Encourages Russia-China Alliance

The $400 billion mammoth gas deal that is to send 38 billion cubic metres of gas per year to energy-hungry China undoubtedly changes the dynamics between Russia and the West. Russia has not only got its foot into a massive gas market, but it also has the potential to supply natural gas and Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) to other key Asian states through the Power of Siberia gas pipeline. From a political perspective, the deal gives Russia breathing space in light of Western sanctions and opens up new possibilities in the region. Ironically, U.S. foreign policy has accelerated the formation of this unlikely alliance. After of years of aggressive U.S. encirclement, placement of missile defense systems across Europe since the fall of the Soviet Union, supporting the ouster of former Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych and targeting Russian energy executives with sanctions, the U.S. has single-handedly pushed Russia towards China. Similarly, the so-called U.S. “Asian pivot,” a convenient euphemism for Chinese encirclement, has encouraged China to develop vital military links with Russia. In March 2013, Russia signed a deal to send 24 Sukhoi SU-35 fighter jets, and four submarines to China. It was the first time in a decade that China was able to buy advanced technological equipment from Russia. In the past, such deals were implausible due to Russia’s suspicion of Chinese reverse engineering practices creating copies of such equipment. China will also invest $20 billion into Russian...

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