Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

Keith Preston: Russia, China in alliance to curb US influence

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Russia and China have forged an alliance against the American and Western hegemony and this is visible in Beijing’s stance on the South China Sea, says an American analyst.

“China is concerned about American influence in East Asia,” Keith Preston, director of, told Press TV on Sunday.

“China I think now is trying to counter that, trying to counter the American influence somewhat and create a defensive perimeter of its own,” he added.

The US accuses Beijing of conducting a massive “land reclamation” program through building artificial islands in the South China Sea, saying that China’s man-made islands could further militarize the region.

Washington does not recognize China’s sovereignty in the area and is weighing options to test its territorial claims.

China, however, insists it has sovereignty over nearly all of the South China Sea and accuses Washington of meddling in the regional issues and deliberately inciting tension in the region.

The US plans to send warships or military aircraft within 12 nautical miles of China’s artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea, possibly within days, Reuters reported on Saturday.

Chinese Foreign Ministry officials said this month that Beijing would “never allow any country to violate China’s territorial waters and airspace in the Spratly islands.”

Beijing’s policies concerning the region represents its growing influence ensued from its alliance with BRICS countries specifically with Russia, Preston said.

BRICS refers to an association of five major emerging economic powers: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

“China is working to strengthen its relationship with Russia for example, as one of the other major Asian powers, and I think both nations, Russia and China, view each other as important allies in countering American and Western hegemonies,” the analyst noted.

Preston added that aside from likely military purposes, the Chinese want to maintain access to seaports and shipping lanes in the disputed waters to deter a possible “American naval blockade.”

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  1. “Attack the System ” -Really ?? against the Empire -really ?? The above article just seems to back the USA/Roman Empire of the US owns the World and like a child when its ball its taken from it shouts -foul ! . Cant you see that to somebody not a “dyed in the wool ” US is numero uno ” it looks like the US doesnt like competition what if the Chinese Navy surrounded the US would the Pentagon like that or hampered US World Trade it would be War ! Tel me what International LEGAL right has the US to dictate -invade -kill citizens by the millions round the World just because they dont agree with US “politics ” which US=Master -ANY other country= Slave have you even given it a second of thought ? .The China Sea is Chinas political and commercial interest and if Mafia like US military lean on them then they should at least lean back . Dont you see arrogance and “me first ” attitude here ?

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