US Secretary of State Antony Blinken declared that the escalating geopolitical rivalry between the United States, Russia, and China signifies the conclusion of the post-Cold War global order. He said this during a speech at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.
Blinken emphasized that decades of geopolitical stability have yielded heightened competition with authoritarian and revisionist powers. The most immediate and severe challenge to the international order, rooted in the UN charter’s principles of sovereignty, territorial integrity, and independence for nations, along with universal and indivisible human rights for individuals, is posed by Russia’s aggressive War in Ukraine.
In addition, The People’s Republic of China presents the most significant long-term challenge due to its ambitions to reshape the international order. It possesses growing economic, diplomatic, military, and technological capabilities, potentially enabling it to realize these aspirations.
“Meanwhile, the People’s Republic of China poses the most significant long-term challenge because it not only aspires to reshape the international order, it increasingly has the economic, the diplomatic, the military, the technological power to do just that.” He said.
“Beijing and Moscow are working together to make the world safe for autocracy through their “no limits partnership.”
Amidst the intensifying competition, nations are increasingly adopting hedging strategies. Non-state actors are gaining influence, including powerful corporations, NGOs serving large populations, capable terrorists, and transnational criminal organizations engaged in trafficking drugs, weapons, and humans.
Blinken asserts that the world is at a pivotal juncture, marking one era’s end and another’s dawn. He emphasizes that choices made now will define the course of the future for decades to come.