Turning Away from Ukraine: A Boost for China and Iran

Turning Away from Ukraine: A Boost for China and Iran
Turning Away from Ukraine: A Boost for China and Iran (Credits: WSJ)

As Congress deliberates over an emergency supplemental bill aimed at supporting Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan, there’s a prevailing belief among some lawmakers and commentators that the United States can selectively oppose China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea.

However, this perspective overlooks the deepening military, economic, and diplomatic ties among these nations. Any attempt to appease one of them inadvertently strengthens the entire axis of autocracy.

The opposition to American assistance comes in various forms. Some argue that the focus should solely be on countering China, underestimating the broader implications of a Russian triumph, particularly for autocratic regimes like China.

Others advocate for cutting funding to Israel, despite the escalating Iranian-backed aggression in surrounding regions. There are also isolationists who advocate for a narrow focus on domestic issues, oblivious to the interconnectedness of global security.

The evidence of heightened collaboration among China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea is compelling. Despite being a significant threat to American interests, China has forged close bonds with Russia, especially evident in their joint efforts concerning Ukraine.

Both Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin have touted an unbounded friendship, with American intelligence indicating China’s crucial support to Russia’s war efforts through technological aid.

Turning Away from Ukraine: A Boost for China and Iran
Turning Away from Ukraine: A Boost for China and Iran (Credits: WSJ)

China’s interests also extend to Iran and North Korea, as evidenced by increased aid to both nations, including technology with military applications that circumvent international sanctions.

Similarly, Iran has been providing substantial military support to Russia, while North Korea has supplied munitions for Russia’s endeavors in Ukraine. Despite occasional disagreements, such as China’s reservations about Russia’s military ties with North Korea, the axis of autocracy continues to solidify, contributing to a sustained decline in global democracy.

Contrary to the belief that the U.S. can prioritize its adversaries one at a time, America’s allies recognize the interconnected nature of these threats. Countries like South Korea, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand have provided substantial economic assistance and weaponry to aid Ukraine against Russian aggression.

The leaders of these nations have also personally demonstrated solidarity with Ukraine, underscoring the urgency of the situation.

Moreover, military aid represents a small fraction of the federal budget, with a significant portion benefiting U.S. defense jobs across various states. Failing to pass legislation providing aid to frontline states like Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan would jeopardize American interests on a global scale.

It’s imperative to acknowledge the reality of growing collaboration among U.S. adversaries and respond accordingly. As former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld aptly put it, the U.S. must confront the world as it is, not as some wish it to be.

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