Russian media: The United States is trying to weaken the world’s two major power centers

  Experts believe that by involving the EU in its conflict with China, the United States is trying to weaken the two largest centers of power in the world through confrontation between the EU and China. Because in the context of two-party confrontation, global production chains and financial flows will be shifted to a third center of power (the United States) not involved in the conflict, just like WWII and after WWII.
  Recently, Europe, which lacks “strategic autonomy” and has encountered an energy “supply cut-off” crisis, has begun to be increasingly restrained by the United States in the field of industrial development. In this context, the United States actually asked the European Union to sanction China based on its experience with Russia. What are the intentions of his various actions?
  According to the data of “U.S. ignites, Europe pays the bill”
  , in the context of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, in the first eight months of this year, U.S. natural gas exports to France increased by 421%. In August alone, LNG prices increased by 1,094%. However, under the coercion of the United States, Europe continued to increase sanctions against Russia, and even restricted Russia’s energy imports with the momentum of “severing its wrists”, which directly triggered a European energy supply crisis and caused inflation to soar. According to the latest data from Eurostat, the inflation rate in the euro zone rose to 9.9% in September, setting a new record again.
   Faced with soaring energy prices and high inflation caused by the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, more and more European companies have begun to migrate to the United States, involving many fields of manufacturing, especially energy-intensive companies such as chemicals and batteries, and making European high-end companies Tech brain drain.
   Under the trend of “passive hollowing out” of European industries, the ally the United States has instead announced a series of stimulus measures including the “2022 Inflation Reduction Act” (hereinafter referred to as the “Inflation Reduction Act”) in an attempt to strengthen its energy price stability, The allure of reliable corporate policies and support for green transformation is tantamount to “fueling” the crisis in European industry and manufacturing.
   Kress, a professor of economics at the Allen University of Applied Sciences in Germany, wrote that the United States is interested in exacerbating the Russia-Ukraine crisis and expanding hostilities against Russia because it is in its economic interests—weakening Europe’s industrial potential and resolving the return of American manufacturing. question.
   This kind of “servant positioning” of “the United States ignites the fire and Europe pays the bill” has not been uncommon in past US-European relations. For example, in the field of business, the United States has engaged in long-arm jurisdiction in the “European hunting ground” and plundered European wealth through the “Alstom case”; Over the years, it has been monitoring European data security as nothing, and even bargained with Europe on the issue of “personal data transfer”.
  The United States wants to weaken the world’s two major centers of power at the same time.
   However , the United States’ ambitions do not stop there. According to a report by the US Bloomberg, when in contact with European allies, US officials proposed to draw lessons from the sanctions regime against Russia. U.S. Deputy Commerce Secretary Alan Esteves said sanctions against Russia could serve as a model for the West to deal with China. The United States will reach an agreement with allies to limit the export of chip manufacturing equipment to China.
   Maxim Kuznetsov, co-chairman of the Russian Association for the Promotion of Eastward Development, said in an interview with Russian media that the United States and Europe want to impose sanctions on China similar to Russia, which is likely to limit China’s scientific and technological potential , China’s import and export of high-tech products and dual-use products will be affected. But Western sanctions against Russia have shown that the economic toll on both sides is high. If the West imposes similar sanctions on China, it is likely to suffer even greater losses. The West must be aware that China’s share of the global economy is 10 times that of Russia, and the consequences will be in similar proportions. Once the United States and Europe impose sanctions on China, they will not only lose the market for raw materials and industrial products, but also lead to a sharp rise in unemployment, which will affect the world economy. Therefore, Western partners of the United States must carefully assess the consequences of sanctions against China.
   Kuznetsov pointed out that by involving the EU in the conflict with China, the United States is trying to weaken the two largest centers of power in the world through the confrontation between the EU and China. Because in the context of two-party confrontation, global production chains and financial flows will be shifted to a third center of power (the United States) not involved in the conflict, just like WWII and after WWII.
  Europe needs to truly take the path of autonomy
   French media believe that Ukraine has become a card, and Europe has placed all bets on it. The more you bet, the more you lose. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has requested 38 billion euros in aid for 2023. Who should foot the bill? How many more teachers and doctors in France will lose their wages for this?
   In addition, in September and October this year, Italy, France and the Czech Republic held many demonstrations against arms supply and sanctions against Russia, and people expressed their dissatisfaction with the actions of the authorities and the deterioration of the economic situation.
   The politician Florian Filippo, who is leading the demonstrations in Paris, believes that the United States has set a trap to drive Russia and Europe apart. “We are tied to Russia energy, economically and geopolitically. It’s good for us to keep that link, it’s the opposite for the US, so the US wants to destroy that link. They used Ukraine for that, and now we’re going to have a hard time repairing that link.” Relations with Russia. The result will be the collapse of our economy, industry, energy and society. Who will benefit from it? Only the United States,” Filippo said.
   The Swiss “New Zurich Zeitung” website also published an article emphasizing that it is unwise to regard China as an enemy, and the basic consensus of Western countries does not mean blindly following. Confronting China, Europeans and Americans are in a different situation. From the perspective of the United States, China’s global influence gradually surpasses that of the United States. From a European point of view, Europe shares a supercontinent with China, which means a large number of connections, which would be costly to sever. Germany’s flagship industry, the automotive industry, sells 40 percent of its vehicles in China. It follows that economic decoupling is not a good idea.
   The article stated that politicians and the media often talk about sanctions against China, but China will not be intimidated by sanctions. In the Taiwan debate, Europe should not join the US in saber-rattling. In any case, Europe should now avoid developing the “Russia syndrome” into the “China syndrome”.
  The European Union has fought back against the hegemonic behavior of the United States. On November 7, because the US government’s inflation reduction bill undermined the “level playing field” between Europe and the United States, the EU set up a special task force and issued a written warning to the US that it would consider taking retaliatory measures. Earlier, German Chancellor Scholz even issued a stern warning: “The US approach may trigger a ‘tariff war’.”
  On the same day, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Borrell wrote that China is a key economic partner of the EU, as well as a comprehensive competitor and institutional rival. The EU must control competition with China in various fields and carry out constructive cooperation in areas that are in line with the interests of the EU. The EU should also avoid excessive dependence on China and enhance its own resilience. He also said that he will maintain communication with partners on China-related issues through the G7 platform, and is willing to maintain communication with China on human rights and other issues.
  In this regard, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said that we hope that the European side will view China-EU relations objectively and rationally, and work with China to grasp the leading aspects of dialogue and cooperation between the two sides, maintain the main tone of mutual benefit and win-win results, and cooperate to deal with global challenges. The world provides more stability and positive energy.
  Right now, Europe needs to distinguish between “true friends” and “false partners” with a sober perspective, and take the path of true “European autonomy” with strong courage and determination. This will also be the key to testing the determination and courage of European leaders.

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