Tony Blair Admits that Western Hegemony is Gradually Withering Away

Former United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair said the world is on the verge of facing several geopolitical challenges as the transition to multipolarity intensifies. 

“The biggest geopolitical change of this century will come from China not Russia. We are coming to the end of Western political and economic dominance. The world is going to be at least bi-polar and possibly multi-polar,” Blair declared during a speech he gave at the Ditchley Annual Lecture. “It is the first time in modern history that the East can be on equal terms with the West.”

Per Blair, China “is already the world’s second superpower.” He called attention to how its economic potential and involvement in the global economy greatly surpasses that of Russia. In addition, “China has now caught up America in many fields of technology and could surpass it in others,” Blair continued. 

Blair argued that the Chinese Communist Party’s policies have become more aggressive in recent months. He highlighted how China has grown closer to Russia and has taken a more anti-Western line. “Don’t misunderstand me. I am not saying in the near term that China would attempt to take Taiwan by force,” Blair added. “But we can’t base our policy on the certainty it wouldn’t.” 

Blair believes that a China-Iran-Russia axis could be in the making.

According to a TASS report, Blair said that Western policy towards China “should be based on what he described as ‘strength plus engagement.’ 

Blair served as the prime minister of the UK from 1997 to 2007. He is one of the biggest proponents of neoliberalism. Not only was he a major booster of the second Iraq War, Blair presided over the hollowing out of Britain’s industrial sector and helped accelerate mass migration into the UK. 

Now, it appears that Blair is getting on the great power competition bandwagon. His move towards this new foreign policy obsession is likely a cynical ploy by Western elites who recognize that their countries are incredibly polarized. As a result, they must find a new common foe to rally against. That foe(s) could be China and Russia. 

While there are many concerns about China’s influence over Western countries, in large part due to politicians excessively opening their markets to China and importing large swathes of Chinese nationals through mass migration, getting into a military conflict with it is the height of insanity. 

Sober national populist voices will be able to recognize the importance of decoupling from China while avoiding a military conflict with a nuclear power. Non-interventionist nationalism is ultimately the solution to the China question. 

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