Kissinger’s ‘Secret Ploy’: Why Russia Won’t Become US’ ‘Hammer’ Against China

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The alleged Trump-Kissinger plan to “box in” China with Russia’s assistance is unlikely to turn into a reality due to a number of reasons, observers say, citing the fact that the world has drastically changed since the Cold War.

Henry Kissinger, former US secretary of state, political scientist and geopolitical consultant has reportedly advised US President Donald Trump to work with Russia to contain China’s rise. However, the alleged strategy might not work.

On July 25, The Daily Beast said that in late 2016 and early 2017 Kissinger had urged the American president to improve ties with Russia, citing five sources familiar with the matter.

The news came as no surprise: In January 2017, the former American statesman praised Trump’s “less confrontational and more political approach” toward Moscow and emphasized Russia’s role in global affairs during his speech at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting.

Earlier, on February 4, 2016, Kissinger outlined his vision of Russo-American relations in his op-ed for The National Interest, stressing that “in the emerging multipolar order, Russia should be perceived as an essential element of any new global equilibrium.”

The new grand design, attributed to Kissinger, resembles his famous master plan to drive a wedge between Moscow and Beijing in the 1970s, when he served as President Richard Nixon’s national security adviser. This time the geopolitical consultant, dubbed “Nixon’s diplomatic maestro” by The Financial Times, is allegedly seeking to throw sand into China’s gears by cozying up to Russia.

However, observers point to certain flaws in the supposed strategy.

“Kissinger’s strategic thinking, molded during the lengthy Cold War, may not prove effective in dealing with China’s rise,” writes The Global Times, a daily Chinese newspaper. “The country [China] has got so deeply involved in the international economic and political system that it will not be encircled or isolated by anyone.”

The media outlet argued that “the trilateral relations of China, the US and Russia are no longer the geostrategic triangle of the 1970s”: Given Beijing’s extensive ties with the world’s powers, the potential Russo-American alliance would not automatically lead to China’s isolation.

Moreover, The Global Times has cast doubt on the very idea that Russia would agree to become a “counterweight to China” for Trump.

Referring to China’s steady economic development and international influence the media outlet claimed that “no country, including the US, can revamp the world order without China,” and suggested that it was far more probable that Washington would finally isolate itself while trying to crack down on Beijing.

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