US takes calculating action in dangerous Ukraine crisis game, Global Times editorial says

Putin photo: VCG

US Vice President Kamala Harris said on Sunday that in the face of the current situation on the Ukrainian border, the United States will work with its allies and prepare to “impose sanctions like you have never seen before.” The United States and Russia have already blamed each other for the situation in Ukraine. The United States has claimed that Russia’s military exercises near Ukraine’s borders could be a prelude to an “invasion” of Ukraine, while Russia has said it has the right to move troops on its own territory and demanded a commitment that NATO would not deploy its forces in Ukraine.

The United States and Europe have clashed with Russia over Ukraine for some time. US intelligence has claimed that Russia could “invade Ukraine” as early as 2022, while Russian President Vladimir Putin accused NATO of planning the deployment of missile systems in Ukraine that could strike Moscow in a few minutes. Today, the clash between the two sides becomes even fiercer. Public opinion generally believes that war is unlikely to break out now between the United States and Russia. Stuck in issues such as the COVID-19 epidemic, inflation and the upcoming midterm elections, and Washington has withdrawn its troops from Afghanistan despite all the difficulties, it now has neither the will nor the energy to get involved in another war.

But the United States continually escalates tensions in eastern Ukraine. Since the start of this year, the United States has sent strategic bombers, including B-52s and B-1Bs, to approach areas such as the Black Sea. In November, the United States sent strategic bombers and carried out mock nuclear strikes against Russia, and entered airspace 20 kilometers from the Russian border, in a clearly provocative move. In addition, Washington released information such as it would impose economic sanctions on Russia and deploy more troops in Eastern Europe to apply maximum pressure. It’s like throwing matches at dry firewood every now and then, but deliberately avoiding the flames. For the United States, the more tense the situation in Ukraine becomes, the more European countries will depend on the United States. The creation of a common enemy within NATO is conducive to uniting the allies. Washington is the biggest beneficiary of this dangerous game.

And the biggest loser will be Ukraine, a country that has been in turmoil and division. Washington painted its geopolitical competition between the great powers with a thick layer of ideology. He tried to describe what is happening on the Russian-Ukrainian border as a tragic story of “aggression” and “counter-aggression”, as well as making Ukraine a pawn on the European chessboard as she is heading east. Since the disintegration of the Soviet Union, many countries, including Ukraine, have experienced “color revolutions” supported by the United States. But most of these countries have ended in tragedy because the United States has neither the will nor the capacity to provide them with substantial aid. The United States has provided tremendous military assistance to Ukraine over the years, arming it from head to toe. However, he explicitly ruled out any possibility of fighting for Ukraine. Washington’s policy of creating crises is likely to turn Ukraine into a regional powder keg.

The United States is unreliable. This is true not only for Ukraine, but also for Russia. The essence of the problem is not that Washington is “seeking justice” for Ukraine or Europe, but that it is using NATO as a tool to cannibalize and crush Russia’s strategic space. Since the end of the Cold War, Russia had also tried to gain acceptance from the United States and the West by making political changes. But what he won was the US abandoning its promise that NATO would not expand eastward if a reunified Germany remained in the bloc. The United States has led NATO to embark on five cycles of eastward expansion over the past two decades. Moscow sees Ukraine as a red line for security. But now even Ukraine would be absorbed into NATO. On December 23, Russian President Vladimir Putin accused NATO of deceiving Russia during its annual press conference.

Securing its vantage point by creating disputes, divisions, conflicts and confrontations is what Washington has always pursued in international affairs. Whether it is deploying missiles at the gates of Russia, carrying out a “close reconnaissance” of Chinese coastal areas or sending warships through the Taiwan Strait, all of these measures have been taken by Washington. to test its two biggest “rivals” and the United States are waiting and looking for opportunities to dig a wedge. The United States may not have the intention of starting a war with Russia or China, but it hopes to maintain some degree of tension and chaos in the vicinity of the two opponents. As such, he has continued to propagate the “Chinese threat theory” and “Russian threat theory” and at the same time tries to rally allies to exert pressure together with the aim of forcing Russia and the China to withdraw from their core interests.

What is happening in Eastern Europe today has taught the Chinese people a good lesson. That is, the United States has never changed its foreign policy of profiting from regional tensions. China will not bow to US pressure in exchange for a peaceful development environment. China must move forward steadfastly at our pace and, in the process, change the intention of the United States to pressure China from a position of strength. This is the most important rule for China as a great power to get along with the United States.

Christi C. Elwood