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Biden Emerges as Loser of This Week’s China-led Summit of Asian Nations

Posted on Saturday, September 17, 2022
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This week, leaders from more than a dozen Asian nations – including China, Russia, and India – gathered in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, for the annual meeting of the China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). The summit featured a number of notable meetings between heads of state, as well as comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin on the ongoing war in Ukraine. But one thing that became clear throughout the two-day event is that, under the leadership of President Joe Biden, the United States is at grave risk of losing its vital influence in Asia.

Created in 2001, SCO was envisioned as a Chinese-Russian alternative to U.S.-led alliances in Asia. Initially comprised of 5 founding members, the organization has now grown to 9 member countries – with the latest, Iran, being officially added on Thursday in what should be an extremely concerning development for U.S. leadership. Though SCO was initially billed as an economic partnership, China and Russia have in recent years worked to expand military cooperation between member states.

A number of other countries in which the United States has strategic interests have also been granted “observer” or “dialogue partner” status with the SCO, including Egypt, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. Based on details of the talks and negotiations that took place this week, it looks increasingly likely that these countries may be falling into the orbit of China and Russia.

In total, SCO represents around 40 percent of the world’s population and 24 percent of the global GDP. Aside from India, no member nation can be considered a democracy, and member states like Russia, China, Pakistan, and Iran represent some of the most repressive regimes in the world. 

On the first day of the summit, Putin met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the first meeting between the two since the opening of the Beijing Winter Olympics. The SCO Summit also marks Xi’s first foreign trip since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Though some commentators viewed it as a good sign for the United States and the West that Putin had to admit to “Chinese concerns” regarding the war in Ukraine, and noted that Xi did not express outright support for the war, the overall result of the meetings was an undoubtedly positive one for Russia. A week before the summit, Li Zhanshu, the third-highest ranking member of the Chinese Politburo, assured President Putin that, despite not offering open support for the war against Ukraine, China believed the invasion was “a worthy Russian response to American provocation.” Additionally, at the summit, China and Russia announced plans for a “Mongolia Economic Corridor,” a special economic zone that will connect Russia’s far east regions with northeast China.

As Shi Yinhong, a professor at the National University in Beijing and an advisor to the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee, explained, it is not Chinese pity that will help Russia, but an increase in Chinese imports of Russian energy. According to reports from Bloomberg, China has increased its spending on Russian energy by more than 75% this year alone. Professor Yinhong also added that for Xi, especially when preparations are underway for the 20th CCP Congress, allowing Russia, a core partner in the SCO alliance, to fail would be disastrous.

Russia also announced closer cooperation with Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan at the summit, further illustrating how much the Biden administration has lost America’s foothold in Central Asia. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia has long sought to gain more influence over these former Soviet states – particularly Uzbekistan and Tajikistan with their rich natural resources. These nations have long been in conflict with one another, and in recent years Russia has shown a willingness to act as an arbiter and strong central authority to reduce conflict.

But Russian assistance comes with a cost. Moscow has demanded that these nations not participate in further military exercises with the United States like the U.S.-led Regional Cooperation 22 exercises held in Tajikistan in August with forces from the United States, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan. Top leadership at the Kremlin has claimed that any U.S. presence in the region threatens Russian national security and must not be tolerated.

According to the Russian daily newspaper Kommersant, next year Kyrgyzstan will open a supply, logistics, and servicing base for Russian hardware. This represents another positive development for both China and Russia, as the two countries have been cooperating closely on a number of economic and military endeavors. As Russia’s influence grows in Central Asia and Eastern Europe, so too does China’s.

For China’s part, Xi Jinping also bound his SCO partners with trade agreements that benefit China in the event of U.S. sanctions, in order to create an “economic pillow” in case of conflict between Beijing and Washington. Additionally, China has announced a number of railway lines through Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan that will allow Beijing to extend Chinese influence into Iran, Turkey, and Europe. Notably, the track gauge for these new rail lines will be Chinese.

These developments have directly rebuffed various American efforts to build outposts in the former Soviet Union to serve as a check on Russia and foster a pro-democracy climate in Central Asia. Far from idealistic notions of flourishing free societies, authoritarianism seems to be on the rise in Asia and elsewhere.

What became strikingly clear at this year’s SCO Summit is that Biden’s repeated foreign policy disasters have both emboldened America’s adversaries and frightened her allies. Following the U.S. failure in Afghanistan and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Central Asian nations are increasingly looking to Beijing and Moscow as their best chance for security in the region. Clearly recognizing Biden’s weakness, China is forming new partnerships to dominate the global economy with little pushback from the United States. These threats will only continue to grow until U.S. leadership steps up to address them.

Ben Solis is the pen name of an international affairs journalist, historian, and researcher.

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Richard Minetti
Richard Minetti
1 year ago

He is the worst POS I would ever want representing me, for anything! He might make a half-a**ed dog catcher!

PaulE
PaulE
1 year ago

The author writes “But one thing that became clear throughout the two-day event is that, under the leadership of President Joe Biden, the United States is at grave risk of losing its vital influence in Asia.” I hate to break the news to Ben Solis, but the United States already lost all the respect and much of its influence the United States had in Asia when he decided to ripe up the Trump evacuation plan and substituted his own cut and run strategy that handed over Afghanistan to 70,000 poorly equipped Taliban fighters in August of 2021. Don’t think for a moment the rest of the world didn’t sit up and take notice and re-evaluate their relationship and future regarding the United States.

Biden’s choice to leave hundreds of American citizens behind and tens of thousands of allied Afganistans to the mercy of the Taliban to hunted and killed sent a clear signal. Providing the Taliban with $85 billion dollars in weapons, that they could use for themselves and sell off the rest to interested parties in China, Russia, Iran and elsewhere around the round sent a clear message to our allies. Abandoning the multi-billion dollar, strategically located Bagram airbase, which now is in the hands of the CCP also demonstrated the fecklessness of the Biden administration.

So why should any of our allies bank on backing the United States over China going forward? Can they count on the United States having their backs when push comes to shove against the Chinese, who want to replace us on the world stage? The obviousl answer is of course NO. The Biden administration has done nothing, but show a continuation of the appeasement strategy used by the Obama adminstration. All the same players are in the Biden State Department and they are all repeating the same policies that allowed the birth of ISIS to occur and general instability to fester around the world. So what sane foreign leader would look towards the United States with Biden or any Democrat administration sitting in the White House?

Rich
Rich
1 year ago

When the U.S. allows a vacuum in the world, someone will come in to fill it. We have not only created a vacuum, we don’t have the common sense to even engage the dialog. Our worthless “leader” is directly responsible for the rat hole HE (and his handlers) have created. The bad guys of the world have won the lottery.

Sam
Sam
1 year ago

I sorry but the president is not a leader! He has been in Washington all of his career and has been a disappointment just as he has been since becoming president. The United States needs some one who is respected by these foreign leaders and Biden fall short!

David Millikan
David Millikan
1 year ago

No surprise. WE ALL KNOW that DICTATOR Beijing biden is a COMMUNIST China agent in China’s back pocket.
That’s why DICTATOR Beijing biden always BOWS DOWN like HUSSEIN obama did for 8 years.

David Millikan
David Millikan
1 year ago

With PRESIDENT TRUMP we had the BEST ECONOMY in 60 years. AMERICA 1ST.
With DICTATOR Beijing biden we have the WORST ECONOMY in 50 years. AMERICA LAST.
That speaks volumes.

Garye
Garye
1 year ago

joebama and the marxist democrat party are a joke!
The entire world knows they are useless,weak, corrupt failures!
How could anyone with a brain support these morons???)

Letts Brandon
Letts Brandon
1 year ago

It is quite obvious they are working towards an eventual aggression against the US as they want a one world government and also know what that means unlike half our nation that are either supporting it or are unaware of the danger. Better wake up, there is a conspiracy in this nation led by the council on foreign relations (CFR) and others involved with them to destroy our way of life and freedom in favor of Marxist control of the world. If you are not aware of it you had better find out about it. We should not be fighting half the country to keep American independence. We should be united in defense of our freedom, independence and sovereignty as a nation.

Rory
Rory
1 year ago

This summit looked like a set up for Chinese president. Even the conference center with the so-called Eternal City revealed Beijing aspirations.

Mike
Mike
1 year ago

To win the Central Asia is definitely as important as provide support for Taiwan. At least part of Central Asia can be also of such assistance to Taiwan.

Jerry
Jerry
1 year ago

Harder times for folks in the Pacific are approaching. Although I doubt whether they will find enough capital for these transportation corridors. However, as it was noted rightly, Iran membership means dramatic change for this group. It also may mean the end of sanctions for Ayatollah. Absolutely not good situation for Israel.

A Voter
A Voter
1 year ago

If not stopped, Biden will lead us into the 3rd world war. Unfortunately it may already be too late to prevent it. His weakness is smelled by all but the Democrats and the lions are circling.

mark
mark
1 year ago

Biden and the Socialist DemocRATS have been the total loosers on everything they have done so far EXCEPT killing this great nation and the American people in it ,, they have done a fine job so far when it comes to that ,, but its up to WE THE PEOPLE ,,to fix that as soon as possible ,,, VOTE PEOPLE

Phyl
Phyl
1 year ago

He’s a loser in everything he does.

J. Farley
J. Farley
1 year ago

I considered him a loser in 1973, and nothing about that has changed, just another lying weasel, dirt-bag Democrat, feeding at the public Trough and stuffing their pocket.

tika
tika
1 year ago

he’s the son i can’t get off my back financially and have to pay for all his friends too. my wife and boys get “paddy shot at”.

Dennis Math
Dennis Math
1 year ago

And to top all this off…….the recent threats issued to India about associating with “bad” countries like Russia and China and even Saudi Arabia, will probably drive India into this organization and then what portion of the global population will be on “the other side”? Faux President Brandon has/is destroying the tattered remnants of our once great country and the way we act as a nation we deserve it.

Hal
Hal
1 year ago

Yep, Biden remains consistent at being an inept promoter of Communism …called the DemocRat Party in USA parlance …. known by most honest Americans as Del-unaware Commie Joe.

Rich
Rich
1 year ago

“China is forming new partnerships to dominate the global economy”. And then there’s Grandpa Joe who wants to be buddy buddy with China and now wants to help Iran become a nuclear power. This administration never ceases to frighten me. The supporters of the socialist democrats are slowly boiling themselves to death in that proverbial pot of water. Unfortunately they are taking the rest of us down as well. And to think the socialists hate what MAGA means.

Mark Laws
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