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Russia, China, India, & Iran: The Magic Quadrant That Is Changing The World

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With the end of the unipolar moment, which saw Washington dominate international relations, the richest and most powerful Eurasian countries are beginning to organize themselves into alliance structures and agreements that aim to facilitate trade, development and cooperation.

At the height of the US unipolar moment, Bill Clinton was leading a country in full economic recovery and the strategists at the Pentagon were drawing up plans to shape the world in their own image and likeness. The undeclared goal was regime change in all countries with unapproved political systems, which would allow for the proliferation of us-made “democracy” to the four corners of the earth. Clearly Eurasian countries like Russia, India, China and Iran were on top of the to-do list, as were countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

The bombing and destruction of Yugoslavia was the final step in the assault on the Russian Federation following the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact. Yeltsin represented the means by which Western high finance decided to suck all Russia’s wealth, privatizing companies and plundering strategic resources.

China, on the other hand, saw a rebirth as a result of American and European manufacturing companies relocating to the country to take advantage of the cheap labor it offered. India, historically close to the USSR, and Iran, historically averse to Washington, were struggling to find a new balance in a world dominated by Washington.

Tehran was clearly in an open conflict with the United States because of the 1979 Islamic revolution that liberated the country from Western submission under the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. India understood the new reality, laying the foundations for a close cooperation with Washington. Previously, the use of jihadism in Afghanistan, through the coordination between Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the United States, had severely undermined relations between India and the United States, remembering that New Delhi was an important ally of Moscow during the Cold War.

Following the fall of the Berlin Wall and the commencement of the unipolar era, India, Russia, China and Iran started down their paths of historical rebirth, though starting from very different positions and following different paths. India understood that Washington had immense economic and military power at its disposal. Despite the early embraces between Clinton and Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, relations between New Delhi and Washington reached unexpected heights during the Bush era. A series of factors helped to weld the bond. There was, firstly, the reality of India’s great economic growth. Secondly, India offered the opportunity of counterbalancing and containing China, a classic geopolitical scenario.

During this delicate unipolar period, there were two highly significant events for Russia and China that represented the beginning of the end for Washington’s plans to dominate the planet.

  • First of all, Putin became president of the Russian Federation on December 31, 1999.
  • Secondly, Beijing was accepted into the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Today’s Chinese economic power took flight thanks to the Western industrial companies relocating their manufacturing to China so as to see their dividends triplicate and costs more than halve. It was a winning model for the capitalist, and a loser for the Western factory worker, as we would come to see 20 years later. The strategic thinking of the newly elected Putin was geopolitically visionary and had at its base a complete revamp of Russia’s military doctrine.

China and Russia both initially sought to follow the Indian path of cooperation and development with Washington. Moscow attempted a frank dialogue with Washington and NATO, but the decision by the US in 2002 to withdraw from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (ABM Treaty) marked the beginning of the end of the Western dream of integrating the Russian Federation into NATO. For Beijing, the path was more downhill, thanks to a vicious circle whereby the West relocated to China to increase profits, which were then invested into the US stock market, multiplying the gains several times. It seemed like the Americans were onto something until, 20 years later, the entire middle and working classes found themselves being reduced to penury.

In this period following September 11, 2001, Washington’s focus shifted rapidly away from confronting rival powers to the so called “fight” against terrorism. It was an expedient way of occupying tactically important countries in strategically important regions of the planet. In Eurasia, US forces settled in Afghanistan on the pretext of fighting al-Qaeda and the Taliban. In the Middle East, they occupy Iraq for the second time and have made it an operational base from which to destabilize the rest of the region in the decades since.

While India and China mainly pursued peaceful growth as a means of economically empowering the Asian region, Russia and Iran early understood that Washington’s attention would eventually fall on them. Moscow was still considered the deadly enemy by the neoconservative Cold War warriors, while the Islamic revolution of 1979 was neither forgotten nor forgiven. In the decade following 9/11, the foundations for the creation of a multipolar order were laid, generating in the process the huge transitional chaos we are currently experiencing.

India and China continued on their path to becoming economic giants, even as there is a latent but constant rivalry, while Iran and Russia continued on their path of military rejuvenation in order to ensure a deterrent sufficient to discourage any attacks by Israel or the US respectively.

The breaking point for this delicate geopolitical balance came in the form of the “Arab Spring” of 2011. While India and China continued their economic growth, and Russia and Iran grew to become regional powers that were difficult to push around, the US continued its unipolar rampage, bombing Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq after having earlier bombed Yugoslavia, as the Pentagon devising light-footprint operations in the Middle East with the help of the Saudis, Israelis, Brits and French, who aided and armed local jihadis to wreak havoc. First Tunisia, then Egypt, and finally Libya. More dead, more bombs, more chaos. The warning signs were apparent to all regional powers, from China and Russia to India and Iran. Even if the synergies were still not in place, it was clear to everyone what had to be done. US destabilization around the world had to be contained, with particular focus on Eurasia, the Middle East and North Africa.

Slowly, and not without problems, these four countries began a military, economic, political and diplomatic cooperation that, almost a decade later, allowed for the ending of the US unipolar moment and the creation of a multipolar reality with different centers of power.

The first confirmation of this new phase in international relations, favoured by historical ties, was the increasingly multifaceted cooperation between India and Russia. Another factor was China and Russia being drawn to the Middle East and North Africa as a result of the Obama administration’s actions in the Middle East with its Arab Springs, bombing of Libya and destabilization of Syria. They feared that prolonged chaos in the region would eventually have a negative effect on their own economies and social stability.

The final straw was the coup d’état in Ukraine, as well as the escalation of provocations in the South China Sea following the launch by the US of its so-called “Pivot to Asia”. Russia and China were thus forced into a situation neither had thought impossible for the previous 40 years: the joining of hands to change the world order by removing Washington from its superpower dais. Initially there were amazing economic agreements that left the Western planners stumped. Then came the military synergies, and finally the diplomatic ones, expressed by coordinated voting in the United Nations Security Council. From 2014 onwards, Russia and China signed important agreements that laid the foundations for a long-running Eurasian duopoly.

Obama’s legacy did not stop, with more than 100,000 jihadists unleashed on the country, financed by US and her allies. This led Moscow to intervene in Syria to protect its borders and obviate the jihadists’ eventual advance on the Caucasus, historically Russia’s soft underbelly. This move was hailed by the Pentagon as a new “Vietnam” for Russia. But these calculations were completely wrong, and Moscow, in addition to saving Syria and frustrating the plans of Washington and her confederates, greatly strengthened its relationship with Iran (not always a simple relationship, especially during the Soviet period), elevating it to the high level of regional cooperation.

Obama’s legacy was to inadvertently create a strategic triangle involving Iran, China and Russia and their development of high-level projects and programs for the region and beyond. It represents a disaster for US foreign policy as well as the unquestionable end of the unipolar dream.

Jumping forward a few years, we find Trump in the driving seat of the United States, repeating just one mantra: America First. From the Indian point of view, this has further aggravated the relations between the two countries, with sanctions and duties placed on India for what was a Western decision in the first place to shift manufacturing to low-wage India in order to further fatten the paychecks of the CEOs of Euro-American companies.

Modi’s India is forced to significantly increase its ties to Iran to guarantee its strategic autonomy in terms of energy supply, without forgetting the geographic proximity of the two countries. In this context, Russia and Iran’s victory against terrorism in the Middle East pacifies the region and stabilizes Syria, Egypt, Iraq and Libya, thereby allowing for the development of such new projects as the mega Silk Road 2.0 investment on which Beijing places considerable importance.

We could go on in this vein, detailing how even China and India have overcome their historical mistrust, well aware that divide and rule only benefits those who are on the other side of the ocean, certainly not two countries experiencing great economic growth with a common border spanning thousands of miles. The meetings between Modi and Xi Jinping, as well as those between Putin and Xi Jinping or Putin with Modi, show how the intention of these three leaders is to ensure a peaceful and prosperous future for their citizens, and this cannot be separated from a stronger union together with an abandonment of disputes and differences.

The synergies in recent years have shifted from the military and diplomatic arenas to the economic one, especially thanks to Donald Trump and his aggressive policy of wielding the dollar like a club with which to strike political opponents. One last step that these countries need to take is that of de-dollarization, which plays an important role in how the the US is able to exercise economic influence. Even if the US dollar were to remain central for several years, the process of de-dollarization is irreversible.

Right now Iran plays a vital role in how countries like India, Russia and China are able to respond asymmetrically to the US. Russia uses military power in Syria, China seeks economic integration in the Silk Road 2.0, and India bypasses the dollar by selling oil in exchange for goods or other currency.

India, China and Russia use the Middle East as a stepping stone to advance energy, economic and military integration, pushing out the plans of the neocons in the region, thereby indirectly sending a signal to Israel and Saudi Arabia. On the other hand, conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan are occasions for peacemaking, advancing the integration of dozens of countries by incorporating them into a major project that includes Eurasia, the Middle East and North Africa instead of the US and her proxy states.

Soon there will be a breaking point, not so much militarily (as the nuclear MAD doctrine is still valid) but rather economically. Of course the spark will come from changing the denomination in which oil is sold, namely the US dollar. This process will still take time, but it is an indispensable condition for Iran becoming a regional hegemon. China is increasingly clashing with Washington; Russia is increasingly influential in OPEC; and India may finally decide to embrace the Eurasian revolution by forming an impenetrable strategic square against Washington, which will shift the balance of global power to the East after more than 500 years of domination by the West.

The Strategic Culture Foundation



21 Comments on "Russia, China, India, & Iran: The Magic Quadrant That Is Changing The World"

  1. Media Bias on Sat, 26th Jan 2019 8:37 am 

    Strategic Culture Foundation
    These media sources are slightly to moderately conservative in bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor conservative causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Right-Center sources. Factual Reporting: HIGH
    Notes: According to their website the Strategic Culture Foundation provides a platform for exclusive analysis, research and policy comment on Eurasian and global affairs. This source has a very strong pro-Russian bias, however they do source their information well. (D. Van Zandt 12/27/2016)

    IOW there is more to the story

  2. Cloggie on Sat, 26th Jan 2019 12:40 pm 

    https://en.metapedia.org/wiki/Strategic_Culture_Foundation

    “The Strategic Culture Foundation is an independent anti-Zionist Russian think tank.”

  3. Davy on Sun, 27th Jan 2019 5:38 am 

    “Netanyahu’s Risky Election Run-Up Bombing Campaign Of Syria May Lead To War”
    https://tinyurl.com/y8akwnem

    “Israel has attacked Syria many times during the last seven years of war imposed on Syria. It has run red-lights and broken taboos in order to provoke the “Axis of the Resistance” inside Syria, but has refrained from infuriating Hezbollah in Lebanon. Nevertheless, the most recent Israeli attack has pushed Syria and its allies beyond tolerable limits. Thus, President Assad prepared himself for a battle against Israel between the wars, knowing that such a battle could last weeks. But the president of Syria won’t be alone: Assad and Hezbollah’s Secretary general Hassan Nasrallah will both be running any future battle against any Israeli aggression when the decision to engage will be taken. Most recently Israel bombed the Syrian army and destroyed the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) offices and bases in Syria without inflicting any human casualties. At the same time, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu put himself on the level of IRGC-Quds brigade General Qassem Soleimani, by challenging him on social media. In fact, Netanyahu fell right into the trap the Iranian general set for President Donald Trump. Soleimani asked President Hassan Rouhani “to avoid answering this thug (Trump) who is beneath your level” and to allow him (Soleimani) to respond to Trump’s provocations of Iran. Thus Soleimani, a mere officer in the Iranian security forces, directly engages leaders of countries and even an arrogant Prime Minister who commands what he considers the best army in the Middle East and among the strongest in the world. But Soleimani’s style is different from Netanyahu’s. He doesn’t have a twitter account; he spends his time in the battlefield and in meetings with group leaders, officials, and sometime presidents and prime ministers. Soleimani is patient but he can be expected to respond to provocations sooner or later.”

    “Logistic-technical-military planning and command and control between Hezbollah and Syria is today united. Nasrallah knows how to fight Israel, how much fire power to use and when. Assad and Nasrallah will both be running any future battle against any Israeli aggression when the decision to engage will be taken. Syrian air defenses fire missiles to repel Israeli warplanes attacking government positions during a major offensive in November, via Reuters. Russia is aware of determination of the Resistance Axis to respond and the danger this could pose for everyone in the Levant. The Russians tipped the IRGC to evacuate their command and control bases less than an hour before they were attacked by Israel. Russian military command asked the IRGC about their new command and control bases and were told that “their bases, from today onward, will be spread over the entire Syrian geography alongside the Syrian army, in every single barracks”. This answer pushed Russia to ask Israel, more directly and overtly, to stop bombing Syria. Russia would hate to find itself in the middle of an exchange of missiles between Syria and Israel flying above its head in the Levant.”

  4. Cloggie on Sun, 27th Jan 2019 5:45 am 

    If KSA falls, for instance in the wake of yet another failed US attempt to regime change, this time Iran, Israel will be facing nothing but enemies:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPoXs70UVm8

    If the US will sink away in the chaos of CW2, nobody is going to protect Israel.

    Fortunately, the Israelis have the EU and its 10,000 wide body aircraft standing by to evacuate the Israelis to Upstate New York in a matter of a few weeks, before Palestine will be part again of an Ottoman Empire 2.0 construct, or Islamic EU or whatever.

  5. Davy on Sun, 27th Jan 2019 5:55 am 

    “If the US will sink away in the chaos of CW2, nobody is going to protect Israel.”

    The only problem for you clogged is the “hot” CW2 is in Europe not the US. In the US we have a deep state CW2. This is a different story.

  6. Davy on Sun, 27th Jan 2019 5:58 am 

    Things are heating up in makatoland

    “Jolo church attack: Many killed in Philippines”
    https://tinyurl.com/ybvhbybf

    “Two bombs at a Roman Catholic cathedral in southern Philippines have killed 20 people and injured dozens more, local officials say.”

  7. Cloggie on Sun, 27th Jan 2019 6:27 am 

    https://www.rt.com/news/449905-max-keiser-yellow-vests/

    The white French Yellow Vest movement is the to the multicult US-vassal regime in Paris what the 1980-1989 popular uprising was in Eastern Europe: a prelude to ram the Anglo-occupiers out of Europe, just like the Soviet occupiers were booted out of Eastern Europe in 1989.

    The liberation of Europe from civilization-destroying globalism, in either the Soviet or Anglo-Zionist variety, has begun in earnest. And it will end with the siege of Washington, surrounded by European, Russian and American white nationalist forces (and perhaps even Chinese forces, God forbid).

  8. Cloggie on Sun, 27th Jan 2019 6:29 am 

    Things are heating up in makatoland

    Davy “forgets” to add that it is an Islamic anti-Christian attack.

    More proof that multicult doesn’t work, nowhere.

    Divershitty is an in your face exploding bomb.

  9. Davy on Sun, 27th Jan 2019 6:39 am 

    “Davy “forgets” to add that it is an Islamic anti-Christian attack.”
    DUH, like intelligent people don’t know that

    “More proof that multicult doesn’t work, nowhere. Divershitty is an in your face exploding bomb.”
    Nonsense, it is working well in many places but there are limits. You are just a rabid spamming racist extremist who’s POV is dominated by racism

  10. Davy on Sun, 27th Jan 2019 6:44 am 

    What words are yours clogged and which are Max?

    “The white French Yellow Vest movement is the to the multicult US-vassal regime in Paris what the 1980-1989 popular uprising was in Eastern Europe: a prelude to ram the Anglo-occupiers out of Europe, just like the Soviet occupiers were booted out of Eastern Europe in 1989. The liberation of Europe from civilization-destroying globalism, in either the Soviet or Anglo-Zionist variety, has begun in earnest. And it will end with the siege of Washington, surrounded by European, Russian and American white nationalist forces (and perhaps even Chinese forces, God forbid).”

  11. Cloggie on Sun, 27th Jan 2019 6:58 am 

    The words in the post are mine, the words in the video are those of Max.

    Should be a no-brainer, but you have to explain everything to empire-dave these days.

    #DazedAndConfused

    /rolleyes

  12. Cloggie on Sun, 27th Jan 2019 7:05 am 

    ” You are just a rabid spamming racist extremist who’s POV is dominated by racism”

    “Racism”, as in: “a slight preference for your own kind”, is a universal phenomena on this planet.

    Only those people with extremely low sense of identity, typically inhabiting “nations of immigrants”, could be led to believe that this natural feeling is evil, because they were told so by their kosher media.

    And now said nations of immigrants are going to experience first-hand, that said belief was false and was merely a tool to encourage Americans to embark on the megalomaniac oligarch project of attempting to ram all the world’s races in a single, kosher-led, power structure.

    That project is going to fail, just like that other globalist project of kosher origin failed, namely Soviet communism.

    It remains to be seen if the 2nd project is going to end just as bloodless as commie-project-1.0 failed.

  13. Davy on Sun, 27th Jan 2019 7:42 am 

    “The words in the post are mine, the words in the video are those of Max. Should be a no-brainer, but you have to explain everything to empire-dave these days. #DazedAndConfused /rolleyes”

    Maybe you should indicate that clogged BTW more of your empty linking and generous embellishments. This is typical of someone rabidly spamming a personal agenda. You do it all the time. Sometimes I wonder if you even know what you are referencing. Looks to me you are just choosing some “touch up paint” to give your embellishments legitimacy.

  14. Davy on Sun, 27th Jan 2019 7:49 am 

    “Racism”, as in: “a slight preference for your own kind”, is a universal phenomena on this planet.”
    LOL….”slight????”

    “Only those people with extremely low sense of identity, typically inhabiting “nations of immigrants”, could be led to believe that this natural feeling is evil, because they were told so by their kosher media.”
    Nonsense clogged, more of your rabid exaggerations that fall flat.

    “And now said nations of immigrants are going to experience first-hand, that said belief was false and was merely a tool to encourage Americans to embark on the megalomaniac oligarch project of attempting to ram all the world’s races in a single, kosher-led, power structure.”
    Get a rabies shot please

    “That project is going to fail, just like that other globalist project of kosher origin failed, namely Soviet communism.”
    Clogged the world is multipolar now but not like your fantasy world perceives it with PBM and white megalomania.

    “It remains to be seen if the 2nd project is going to end just as bloodless as commie-project-1.0 failed.”
    Let’s keep an eye on Europe for bloodshed first. That is where the hot CW2 is currently. I am not saying it won’t happen in the US…OK. I am not a rabid extremist “ME TOP GUN” kind of guy like you. I see the world realistically. I am not burdened by shame of having my ass kicked coming and going in WWII like you.

  15. JuanP on Sun, 27th Jan 2019 8:02 am 

    Delusional Davy “I am not a rabid extremist “ME TOP GUN” kind of guy like you. I see the world realistically.”

    Pure, unadulterated, delusional American bullshit. You are the most biased and unrealistic person on this board, Exceptionalist, and that is saying a lot. LOL!

  16. JuanP on Sun, 27th Jan 2019 8:04 am 

    Delusional Davy “Maybe you should indicate that clogged BTW more of your empty linking and generous embellishments.”

    You better listen to the board’s self appointed “moderator”, Cloggie, or suffer his wrath! ROFLMFAO!

  17. Davy on Sun, 27th Jan 2019 8:08 am 

    “Pure, unadulterated, delusional American bullshit. You are the most biased and unrealistic person on this board, Exceptionalist, and that is saying a lot. LOL!”

    Dirty juan, who cares what you thing. You are an uneducated rabid and vile anti-American scumbag who is mentally ill. You live in a country as an illegial alien hating the place. Leave why don’t you. Take your dirty wife with you. You have taken this board into the gutter with your identity theft antics and sock puppeteering. You need help. I noticed you were commented identity theft at 3:13 in the morning then up again early. LOL not getting much sleep over me are you. Where you drinking and drugging with boney joe last night? LOL

  18. Davy on Sun, 27th Jan 2019 8:16 am 

    “You better listen to the board’s self appointed “moderator”, Cloggie, or suffer his wrath! ROFLMFAO!”

    More legitimate than dirty juan the board’s self-appointed “censor through harassment and not debate”. Mr. Identity theft himself and with multiple personalities that are manifested in his many socks. Mr. rarely makes a real comment. ROFLMFAO!!!!!!

  19. JuanP on Sun, 27th Jan 2019 8:26 am 

    Delusional Davy “More legitimate than dirty juan the board’s self-appointed “censor through harassment and not debate”. Mr. Identity theft himself and with multiple personalities that are manifested in his many socks.”

    More obvious projections on the part of the board’s most deranged lunatic! I couldn’t make bullshit like this up! What a pussy! LOL!

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