China bracing for superpower status

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Chinese President Xi Jinping toast during their dinner at The Palace of the Facets, a building in the Moscow Kremlin, Russia, Tuesday. [AP]

"The international community has recognized that no country is superior to others, no model of governance is universal, and no single country should dictate the international order," wrote Chinese President Xi Jinping in an op-ed published in Chinese and Russian media as he visited Moscow. It was a clear manifesto on how China, the rising power of our times, views the world. At the center of the manifesto is the challenging of US hegemony and the creation of a global alliance that will act as the rival pole in the nascent geopolitical landscape.

Washington has long tried to warn - and even threaten - China that offering military assistance to Russia in its war in Ukraine would mean serious consequences. Like Vladimir Putin before him, Xi has strongly demonstrated that he ignores the US and that he will not bow to pressure from Washington.

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