CRISIS ALERT – President joe Biden is now facing the nightmare prospect of both Russia and China joining forces to threaten the United States in two hotspots simultaneously. For the first time both regimes are synchronizing their warnings and threats about the two most dangerous crises they are involved in today – Taiwan and Ukraine.
Today, reported Reuters, as Russian forces are massing on the Ukrainian border, and U.S. warships prepare to enter the Black Sea, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov warned Team Biden against getting involved in Ukraine.
On the same day, as Chinese aircraft penetrate Taiwan airspace en mass, and U.S. and Chinese warships face off nearby, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian warned the Biden administration in a press conference against getting involved in Taiwan.
Specifically, Russia’s Ryabkov said, “We warn the United States that it will be better for them to stay far away from Crimea and our Black Sea coast. It will be for their own good.”
The United States is our adversary and does everything it can to undermine Russia’s position on the world stage. We do not see any other elements in their approach. Those are our conclusions.
According to Russia’s Tass News Agency, Ryabkov also said:
They continue to provide supplies, increasing the amount of assistance. The United States and other NATO countries are deliberately turning Ukraine into a powder keg.
And during Tuesday’s press conference, China’s Zhao warned the U.S. against “playing with fire” by interacting with Taiwan, stating:
The Taiwan question concerns China’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and core interests. There is zero room for compromise and not an inch to give.
These warnings come on the heels of Russia and China announcing in December a new pact strengthening their strategic partnership.
Meanwhile during a Sunday interview with NBC’s Meet The Press, Biden’s Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that “there’ll be consequences” if Russia acts “recklessly or aggressively” against Ukraine.
And further enraging China, Reuters reported that the U.S. State Department also announced last week it would “liberalize” guidance on U.S. contacts with Taiwanese officials, increasing diplomatic ties.
These U.S. statements likely prompted the rare, synchronized warnings from China and Russia. Facing dual military crises with China and Russia, in Europe and Asia simultaneously, is the ultimate nightmare scenario, and biggest geopolitical test for the new Biden administration. ADN