The five broken circles

The 2014 Winter Olympic Games opened in Sochi, Russia, on February 7 on the eve of the Ukrainian crisis explosion with the Maidan Square putsch (February 18-20), and the games were defined as the «Tsar Putin’s Olympiads» in the anti-Russian media campaign. President Obama and Deputy Biden, followed by others, boycotted them accusing Russia of violating LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender) human rights. The same scenario takes place today with the Beijing Winter Olympics, defined the Power Games of Xi, the Great Olympic helmsman" (La Repubblica, February 3, 2022) in the anti-Chinese media campaign.  President Biden boycotted them accusing China of violating the human rights of Uighurs. The United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, Lithuania, Estonia, and Kosovo (well-known human rights defender accused of trafficking in human beings and organs) followed and declared a "diplomatic boycott" of the Beijing Olympics.

The boycott is part of Washington's containment strategy of China. China has not simply remained the "factory of the world" in which American and European multinationals have relocated a large part of their production for decades making colossal profits. China has achieved its own productive and technological development and, on this basis projects such as the New Silk Road: a land (road and rail) and maritime network between China and Europe through Central Asia, the Middle East, and Russia. In this context, economic relations between China and Russia have strengthened especially after the sanctions imposed by the United States and EU on Russia. Trade between the United States and China remains major but, as many products on the US market are manufactured in China by US multinationals or supplied by Chinese companies, the United States has an over 300 billion dollars deficit in bilateral trade per year. China has also sharply reduced its investments in the US. Even more serious for Washington is the fact that the dollar share of China's foreign exchange reserves has dropped significantly and that China is looking for alternative currencies to the US dollar to use in international trade endangering the dollar's hegemony.

This process can put an end to the economic dominance of the United States, Washington is unable to stop it, and throws the sword on the scales. Economic "containment" becomes military "containment". Admiral Davidson, head of the Indo-Pacific Command - the region that in Washington's geopolitics extends from the West coast of the United States to that of India - has asked Congress for 27 billion dollars to build a curtain of missile bases and satellite systems. "We have to start facing China from a position of strength", said Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

In this framework, Aukus is part of the strategic-military partnership formed by the United States, Great Britain, and Australia with "the imperative of ensuring peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific", the United States and Great Britain will help Australia to acquire nuclear-powered submarines. They will certainly be armed with nuclear warheads missiles also, such as the US Trident D5 which can carry up to 14 independent thermonuclear warheads. These submarines in fact under US command, approaching the coasts of China and Russia, could hit the main targets in these countries in a few minutes with a destructive capacity equal to over 20,000 Hiroshima bombs.

China and Russia consequently strengthen not only their economic cooperation but also their political and military cooperation. In their joint statement in Beijing, President Xi Jinping and President Vladimir Putin stressed that "Russia and China oppose attempts by external forces to undermine security and stability in their adjacent regions" and that "they oppose further NATO enlargement". The US-NATO strategy of tension and war bringing back the confrontation between opposing blocs breaks the five intertwined circles, the Olympic symbol of the five continents united for "a better and peaceful world".

Written by Manlio Dinucci

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