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“The Return of Great Power competition.” Trump, Putin, and Xi navigate multipolar world (Video)

The Duran’s Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris reported on February 8th, 2018 that the United States formally admitted its ‘unipolar moment’ is over.

The admission got little to no media coverage, as a document called the US Nuclear Posture Review came to the conclusion that ‘Great Power competition’ has returned to the global stage, signaling a definitive end to America’s hegemon dominance…

The US Nuclear Posture Review is a seminal document, not just because of the nuclear weapons build up it speaks of – worrying though that is – but because it represents a formal admission by the US that the so-called ‘unipolar moment’ – the period after the end of the Cold War when the US enjoyed unchallenged global dominance – is over.

So far from being the world’s unchallenged and unchallengeable ‘hyperpower’ and world hegemon, the US admits that it is now once again just one of three Great Powers – the US, Russia and China – albeit that it still considers itself to be the strongest of the three.

The Review admits this unambiguously.  One of its chapters is straightforwardly entitled “The Return of Great Power competition”.

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the US Nuclear Posture Review, what it means today in hot spots like Syria and the South China Sea, and how President Trump will deal with a power sharing world. Remember to Please Subscribe to The Duran’s YouTube Channel.

The chapter in the Review entitled, “The Return of Great Power competition” is the single most important text in the whole document. Here is what it says…

Since 2010 we have seen the return of Great Power competition.

To varying degrees, Russia and China have made clear they seek to substantially revise the post-Cold War international order and norms of behavior.

Russia has demonstrated its willingness to use force to alter the map of Europe and impose its will on its neighbors, backed by implicit and explicit nuclear first-use threats. Russia is in violation of its international legal and political commitments that directly affect the security of others, including the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, the 2002 Open Skies Treaty, and the 1991 Presidential Nuclear Initiatives. Its occupation of Crimea and direct support for Russia-led forces in Eastern Ukraine violate its commitment to respect the territorial integrity of Ukraine that they made in the 1994 Budapest Memorandum.

China meanwhile has rejected the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration Tribunal that found China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea to be without merit and some of its related activities illegal under the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea and customary international law.

Subsequently, China has continued to undertake assertive military initiatives to create “facts on the ground” in support of its territorial claims over features in the East and South China Seas.

Russia and China are pursuing asymmetric ways and means to counter U.S. conventional capabilities, thereby increasing the risk of miscalculation and the potential for military confrontation with the United States, its allies, and partners.

Both countries are developing counter-space military capabilities to deny the United States the ability to conduct spacebased intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR); nuclear command, control, and communications (NC3); and positioning, navigation, and timing. Both seek to develop offensive cyberspace capabilities to deter, disrupt, or defeat U.S. forces dependent on computer networks.

Both are fielding an array of anti-access area denial (A2/AD) capabilities and underground facilities to counter U.S. precision conventional strike capabilities and to raise the cost for the United States to reinforce its European and Asian allies and partners.

While nuclear weapons play a deterrent role in both Russian and Chinese strategy, Russia may also rely on threats of limited nuclear first use, or actual first use, to coerce us, our allies, and partners into terminating a conflict on terms favorable to Russia. Moscow apparently believes that the United States is unwilling to respond to Russian employment of tactical nuclear weapons with strategic nuclear weapons.

The Duran’s Editor-in-Chief, Alexander Mercouris notes

Russian and Chinese officials strongly object to this characterisation of their countries’ foreign and defence policies, which they say is misleading and wrong.

However that is to miss the point.  The point is that for the first time since the end of the Cold War the US sees itself as challenged by other Great Powers – specifically Russia and China – which are militarily and technologically and – in China’s case – economically comparable to itself.

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G George
G George

Russia´s role in Crimea is not the BS that the article claims. The revolution in Ukraine was perpetuated by the US CIA. Russia did what they should have done in protecting Crimean citizens who would have had genocide committed against them. It is the US that is constantly breaking international law not Russia and China as the article asserts. The US is simply beginning to realize their days of lawlessness against those weaker them them may be over. They most certainly will not rule the world as they had planned on.

euclides de oliveira pino neto
euclides de oliveira pino neto

A sionista colonia khazarian USA Inc. tenta implantar o Governo Mundial, buscando implantar sua legislação para todos os países do mundo. Já força a lingua inglesa há mais de 50 anos como segunda língua, obrigando todos os países a adotar sua linguagem. Domina a mídia mundial e a educação, através de filmes que enaltecem a predominância dos sionistas khazarians como “bons” e defensores da democracia e dos direitos humanos. A partir de 1945, implementou a moeda dólar como moeda de reserva e das trocas internacionais, através do FED/FMI/BIS, utilizando “sanções” contra os países que se recusam a seguir suas diretrizes… Read more »

Daisy Adler
Daisy Adler

“it still considers itself to be the strongest of the three”

It’s the third year in a row that China represents the first economic power in the world, with a GDP (by Purchasing Power Parity) of $25 trillion, followed by EU with $21.5 trillion. US is only at the third place with $19.9 trillion. Russia is 6th with $4.1 trillion, after India and Germany.


The good guys in USA includes Pentagon, President and marines. The US military has had enough of the evil among the power elite and the intelligence community. The ‘good guys’ is not the military industrial complex which would be pushing the old narrative and fostering world conflict and not be admitting that there are three power poles.

Isabella Jones
Isabella Jones

“Russian and Chinese officials strongly object to this characterisation of their countries’ foreign and defence policies, which they say is misleading and wrong. However that is to miss the point.” I am not so sure that Russia and China are “missing the point”. There are two very crucial aspects to the realisation by certain powers in America that their aim to establish a Hegemon has bee stopped and is probably over for good. The US to start with doesn’t line it’s own recent history and demonstrated Foreign Policy up with it’s view of Russia and China. Thus, it is NOT… Read more »

John Mason
John Mason

It is an insult to associate Trump with Putin and Xi, the stooge isn’t fit to even stand in their shadows. Trump is a mouthpiece with no power.

Hideo Watanabe

Sorry but I see two problems with this discussion. One, which is the most important to analyse US behavior from now on, is that there is no insight about US neo-liberal economic system. The system works only for automatic transfer of national wealth to handful riches to make social divide bigger and bigger. This is the system theoretically to be proven. The American rate under the extreme poverty (1/4 average income) line is 5.6% or 18 million people. Unless the rate comes to 16% or 51 million people, which is called chasm, major changes won’t occur to rectify the neo-liberal… Read more »


GIVE US BACK OUR PEACE Peace is the least valuable thing in monetary terms. So it becomes public enemy number one for those people who have insatiable greed for money. The most shameless people even use it as a propaganda tool to destroy it, so they could make more money. The Christian Peaceful Heavenly Kingdom in China and the super-peaceful opium den that the Jews gifted to China were good examples. China, relying on the help from Japan, took a hundred years to help Asia win back peace, and now it has been again disrupted by America. In fact, the… Read more »

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