Necessity of Establishing Union of 4

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Barat Shamsa
University Professor & Expert on Central Asia Issues

It seems that the time is ripe for four major Asian countries to create a strategic treaty around their common goals in order to drive the United States out of Asia. China and India, in East Asia, in addition to Russia and Iran, in West Asia, can join hands in “groups of two” around their common goals and interests and establish a 2+2 group. Let’s not forget that Asia is home to all four countries, which have been also cradles of civilization throughout their histories.

At international level, the world has entered a new era of its political life following the collapse of the former Soviet Union.  Supported by Europe, the United States has been endeavoring to establish a new world order. At the same time, some countries have brought up new theories such as the multipolar world system, thus, indicating their opposition to the United States’ unilateral policies.

Following terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the United States exploited the opportunity and spent a lot of energy on the establishment of “the new world order” as a prelude to its undisputed leadership of the world.

Two international political upheavals, that is, implosion of the Soviet Union (more than 20 years ago) and the 9/11 terror attacks (about 12 years ago) are long past and now everybody knows that the United States has not been able to achieve its goals in either case. This reality stands in stark contrast to the fact that during all these years the Western world has spared no opportunity in pursuit of its strategic goals. Meanwhile, during the past two decades, a few countries, mostly Asian ones, which have put up serious opposition against the realization of the West’s and the United States’ goal of establishing a “uniform world” though their measures have not been united and concerted in most cases.

The aforesaid group of Asian countries includes Russia, China, India, and Iran. Now the four Asian states have gotten closer to one another than any time before.

In view of the above facts, it seems that the time is ripe for the aforesaid countries to establish a strategic treaty around their common goals and make serious efforts to push the United States out of Asia. China and India, in East Asia, as well as Russia and Iran, in West Asia, should establish “binary” coalitions around common issues and goals on two sides of Asia and finally create a 2+2 group. This is necessary, as Asia has been home to these four cradles of civilization.

The civilizations of India and China in addition to the Orthodox civilization of Russia and the civilization of Iran have been among major centers of civilization in Asia, which have played a very important role in setting the course of the old continent’s history. Therefore, what is known as the lasting and world-famous civilization of Asia, the influence of which can still be sensed across the continent, is owed to these four civilizational centers. The rest of the Asian countries have been usually satellites to one of these countries. There has been no conflict in Asia among these civilizations.

All the instances of destructive wars and conflicts in Asia, both in old and modern times, which have wreaked havoc to various parts of this continent, have been caused by the influence of European powers, which are external to Asia. Despite differences among various approaches and policies of these civilizational centers, they will be able under the existing circumstances to create binary coalitions around common issues and interests, so that, they would be able to gradually rise as a major powerful bloc and determine the fate of the entire Asia.

Such an experience of unity around short-term goals will start from Asia and gradually spread to other continents. Neither Russia is the same Russia, which existed 20 years ago, nor are China, India, and Iran the same. All these four centers of civilization are currently under conditions that can easily set their chronic differences aside and reach a unity in the face of their common enemy.

The following instances are just a few reasons for the necessity of establishing a binary or even a quadrilateral union:

- The United States is the common enemy of all four civilizational centers. Although the United States considers Iran as its first and foremost enemy, it also puts China, Russia, and India on its list of enemies after Iran;

- The United States is running a great number of military bases around all four centers of civilization;

- The Americans consider non-Western humans (and generally all those who are not Anglo-Saxon) as secondary or even tertiary citizens of the world;

- Realization of the global leadership of the United States and establishment of Washington’s purported world order hinges on putting effective rein on four centers of power in Asia;

- Asia (especially China and India) poses the most serious threat to the United States dominant economic power;

- The most important cultural challenges facing the United States for promotion of its Western lifestyle in Asia are posed by the same four centers of civilization;

- The United States will be weak in the absence of energy and geoeconomic capabilities and capacities of Asia.

- All four centers of civilization have suffered major damages from the United States during the past two centuries examples of which include the occupation of India by the Great Britain, imposition of opium war on China, the invasion of Russia by the former French emperor, Napoleon, as well as by the Western countries during the first and second world wars, and domination of the Western hegemony on Iran;

- The United States has distributed its threatening strategic military and weapons capacities across Asia;

- There are two permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (namely, China and Russia) in Asia;

- The world’s biggest nuclear power after the United States is in Asia;

- In the absence of the United States intervention, Asia had been experiencing peace and tranquility in past centuries and even during part of the modern centuries; and finally

- All major foci of conflict in Asia “during the past 50 years” have been created or supported by the United States and the West and will continue to be centers of crisis in the foreseeable future. Major examples of such crises include the longstanding conflict in the Middle East (due to presence of the Israeli regime), the situation in Kashmir, the war between India and Pakistan, the war between North and South Koreas in the Korean peninsula, political disputes between China and Japan, the situation in Ukraine and Georgia in Caucasus, the ongoing crises in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the recent social unrest in Russia.

The aforesaid treaty should only consist of the four countries above. That is, it should create a unity among major Asian countries. Of course, Shanghai Cooperation Organization is already there and some of its goals may overlap with the union that this article proposes, but Shanghai Cooperation Organization mostly focuses on economic issues. On the other hand, India and Iran are not its members while certain weaker satellite states are permanent members without being able to play a powerful rule in promoting its goals. The unity between the four Asian powers (China, India, Iran and Russia) should be a strategic unity based on political, military, security, economic, cultural, and civilizational issues which constitute the most pressing concerns of human life.

The ongoing crisis in Syria has brought political positions of these four countries close together, and can be used as the most important ground for the establishment of such a union. Since the Russian President Vladimir Putin is a determined and prominent international figure with a strategically dynamic mind, he is hoped to take the first step in creating such a union, which will guarantee the security of Asia in the face of the West’s hegemony. The details of the union and its relevant treaty would be hammered out in expert sessions to be held for this purpose. This initiative, if taken, would prove foresight of the leaders of four major Asian countries who see this union as a means of guaranteeing security of future generations of Asia.

Key Words: Union of 4, China, India, Iran, Russia, Cradles of Civilization, New World Order, US, Global Leadership, Shamsa 

Source: Jamejam Newspaper
Translated By: Iran Review.Org

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