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China's ‘Anti-Hegemonist Bloc’

China's ‘Anti-Hegemonist Bloc’
China's ‘Anti-Hegemonist Bloc’
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Cheng Li

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Director of the John L. Thornton China Center | Brookings Institution

Cheng Li

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Director of the John L. Thornton China Center | Brookings Institution
Biden’s China strategy
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Interview

Cheng Li

|
Director of the John L. Thornton China Center | Brookings Institution

Cheng Li

|
Director of the John L. Thornton China Center | Brookings Institution
Biden’s China strategy
3

Biden’s China strategy

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BIG IDEA | ‘To counter U.S. coalition building, China has enhanced its diplomatic, economic, and military relationship with both Russia and Iran in recent months, resulting in the closest ties these countries have had in the post-Cold War era.’

‘To counter this strategic move, China has enhanced its diplomatic, economic, and military relationship with both Russia and Iran in recent months, resulting in the closest ties these countries have had in the post-Cold War era.’

  • ‘Despite the absence of an “ideological glue” or trust among these three countries, they are inclined to show solidarity to combat what they perceive to be a formidable threat from the U.S.-led military bloc.’

‘In 1998, at a time when the United States enjoyed supreme power and influence on the world stage, Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter, wrote his classic book on grand strategy, The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives.’

  • ‘In the book, Brzezinski, one of the world’s foremost strategic thinkers, issued a warning to the American foreign policy establishment:’
‘Potentially, the most dangerous scenario would be a grand coalition of China, Russia, and perhaps Iran, an “antihegemonic” coalition united not by ideology but by complementary grievances. It would be reminiscent in scale and scope of the challenge once posed by the Sino-Soviet bloc, though this time China would likely be the leader and Russia the follower. Averting this contingency, however remote it may be, will require a display of U.S. geostrategic skill on the western, eastern, and southern perimeters of Eurasia simultaneously.’

‘The geopolitical landscape today seems to reflect what Brzezinski feared over two decades ago.’

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