America and Russia embracing each other as allies can be highly beneficial in the long-term, as China rises in might and influence, infers Harry J. Kazianis of The American Conservative. The Chinese economy is growing at a very fast rate, which could see it become bigger than both of them put together. China has long chipped away at America’s dominance in the shadows. It steals intellectual property and military secrets while flooding the US market with cheap products that put locals out of business. China’s geopolitical goals rival both America and Russia. Together, they could work to limit this expansion and uphold their influence.
In his constant strides closer to Russia, President Trump is fragmenting the historic alliances that support America’s position as the leader of the West, suggests Nic Robertson of CNN. Vladimir Putin, a man who stands accused of meddling in the 2016 US election, is not the right bedfellow for the US. Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea needs to be called out, not downplayed like Trump did. The fact that he has criticized European allies while mostly using warm words with Russia has alerted the former group. European leaders have already said they can no longer rely on America’s leadership. A weaker and isolated America is is exactly what Putin wants.