Китай и Россия в новом мировом беспорядке

Может ли Косово добиться независимости без молчаливого согласия России, и можно ли найти гуманитарное и политическое решение трагедии в Дарфуре без активной доброй воли Китая? Эти два кризиса не имеют ничего общего, но их решение будет зависеть в значительной степени от того, воспользуются ли эти два постоянных члена Совета Безопасности ООН своим правом на вето.

Сравнение соответствующих способностей России и Китая блокировать важные международные инициативы само по себе не имеет смысла, но оно действительно является полезным инструментом для того, чтобы понять преобразование международной системы, которое происходит в настоящее время как прямое последствие относительного заката глобальной власти Америки. С этой точки зрения углубление хаоса на Ближнем Востоке представляет собой как возможности, так и риски для России и Китая, которые могут заставить их определить роли, которые они хотят играть, и образы, которые они хотят воплотить в мире.

Главный вопрос состоит в следующем: делает ли Россия гигантские шаги в “неправильном направлении”, в то время как Китай делает "крохотные" шаги в “правильном направлении”?

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