Published on Aug 27, 2015
The United States is playing political hardball with regard to Russia and China over conditions in both Ukraine and the South China Sea, says an analyst.
On China, Washington accuses Beijing of undergoing a massive “land reclamation” program in the Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea, saying China’s territorial claims of the man-made islands could further militarize the region.
On Ukraine, the US has been accusing Russia of provoking unrest in eastern part of the crisis-stricken country for a long time now. It also has repeatedly called on Moscow to help implement the terms of a shaky ceasefire deal that was agreed upon by both sides in Minsk in February.
“It’s a very tenuous situation, both in the South China Sea as well as in the Ukraine, these are the two hot spots that we have to deal with here and the US administration seems to be playing hard ball in both of those situations,” Bill Jones of Executive Intelligence Review told Press TV on Thursday.
“Obviously the whole issue of boundaries in the South China Sea is not resolved and everybody says it must be done by negotiations, but the pivot by the US to Asia which has been strengthening by its traditional alliances, traditional alliances that have always been made both against Russia and China (and) have really created a level of tension in the area we haven’t seen in decades,” he added.
Every move the US has taken “in this direction in terms of encouraging our so-called allies and backing them up” has led to “more conflicts because they then feel that they don’t have the negotiator in conditions which are much more favorable to them and therefore it sabotages the possibility of negotiations,” he explained.
“So in all aspects, it’s a very bad move on the part of the US,” Jones said, noting “some people are concerned about it, but they don’t happen to be the people who are present in the White House, which is unfortunate so it’s not just a good time.”