Los Angeles Times, October 4, 1999, Part B; Page 6; Editorial Writers Desk HEADLINE: ANTI U.S. AXIS? // In-acs
Some people who make a career out of worrying about international relations are starting to worry that China, Russia and India might be heading toward a strategic partnership that could be inimical to U.S. interests. Such a relationship would ally three nuclear powers with a combined population of more than 2 billion, spread out over a large part of the Eurasian landmass. Cementing this bloc would be the shared belief that the United States has become too powerful and in fact too dominant internationally and that the three countries would benefit if they cooperated to counterbalance American power and influence.
Aside from a shared discomfort about America's might, the three have other common interests. They want a stable Central Asia. They fear the impact of militant Islam. They oppose theater missile-defense systems. They strenuously back the primacy of the U.N. Security Council for dealing with world crises. And they strongly support the principle of nonintervention in the affairs of sovereign states--a principle violated by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization as it tried to halt "ethnic cleansing" in Yugoslavia, in the southern Serbian province of Kosovo.
What will be the result of this alliance? Same as the old "cold war"?