China military spending, Russia’s war show readiness to confront West

The Jerusalem Post reports: “Reports that China is increasing military spending by an alarming 7% this year while warning about threats and the visit by Russia’s defense minister to Russian troops shows how a new world order is taking shape.

This is not the ‘world order’ that was proposed in the 1990s by then-US president George H.W. Bush. It’s not necessarily a new order that will replace the US-led world order that dominated in the 1990s. However, it is a world order that will be now stretching its wings, like an animal that has been slumbering.

What this means is that, if in the last decades, there was discussion about US-China or US-Russia competition, today it is clear what is taking place. The chips are down, in a sense. That means China no longer pretends that it is going to just be an economic power, quietly moving into the vacuum left by what it sees as a declining Western power in Asia, Africa and the Americas. Now China will be more assertive…”

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