Are China, India and Other Countries Rejecting Western Hegemony?

On March 27, 2023, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov declared that China and India, in addition to several states on the Eurasian landmass, in the Indo-Pacific region, in the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America do not plan on propping up Western hegemony on the world stage during a meeting of the board of guardians of the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund.

Lavrov observed that the contemporary world is multipolar and “few want to pull chestnuts out of the fire for former parent states in the current conditions,” at the expense of their national interests, Lavrov observed. “It is therefore quite natural that about three-quarters of the world’s states have not joined the anti-Russian sanctions. All of them have taken a balanced position on the situation in and around Ukraine,” Lavrov proclaimed.

Per Lavrov, the aforementioned countries “understand perfectly well what this is all about.” “And they do not want to compromise their legitimate national interests for the sake of helping the Anglo-Saxons and their associates maintain their hegemony or, to be more precise, try to retain their hegemony on the global arena,” Lavrov added.

Lavrov put a particular focus on President Xi Jinping’s visit to Moscow, which, in his view, “demonstrated to the entire international community that attempts ‘to divide and conquer’ are doomed to fail.” “Despite the dirty campaign to cancel everything connected with Russia, we still have many friends in every country in the world, including in the West. We know that they like our multinational country, love Russian culture, and share the traditional moral and family values we promote,” Lavrov said in a concluding remark. 

There’s no question that it’s a different world out there in the current geopolitical arena. It’s something most people in the West can’t really wrap their heads around. They’re so accustomed to the unipolar moment of the 1990s and haven’t realized that there are now multiple competing poles that often don’t jive with Western geopolitical fantasies. 

At the end of the day, the Collective West must exercise a degree of strategic empathy here. It must recognize that most countries don’t want to transform into liberal democracies, much less embrace degenerate lifestyles that are prevalent in the West. The failure to recognize will likely lead to the West bleeding itself dry in some conflict in far-flung lands. In a worst case scenario, it will be handed a severe military defeat that it could potentially never recover from.

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