Countering the Anti-American Alliance | The hill

Over the past two weeks, the Russian military invasion of Ukraine has shown the world Vladimir PoutineVladimir Vladimirovich PutinInternational Criminal Court to rule on genocide allegations against Russia Defense and national security overnight – Presented by AM General – US fears China will help Russia Lawmakers pressure on Biden reaches its limits MOREthe will to violently challenge the international system where American force has guaranteed peace and guided the world for more than half a century. In doing so, Putin seeks to establish a new world order centered on authoritarianism, beneficial to his regime and the Chinese Communist Party. Not since the Axis powers in World War II has the world faced such an existential threat.

Plans for this new Sino-Russian alliance are already being put in place. Just last month, Putin and Chinese Communist President Xi Jinping convened a summit aimed at uniting the two nations against the free world. The summit, held just weeks before the invasion, highlighted the scale of the threat posed by the two nations as a united front.

As Ukrainians fight for democracy halfway around the world, Americans at home are feeling the pressure of rising oil prices by cutting off Russian oil imports, compounding the effects of the Biden administration rolling back years of increased domestic oil production. Meanwhile, the possibility of greater economic challenge is emerging from a dispute with China. Imports from China of materials used in the manufacture of products made in the United States could put the United States in a difficult situation if China were to become involved in the Russian conflict or invade Taiwan.

The strength of US economic sanctions against Russia will influence how an actor like China might advance in a future invasion of Taiwan. With a joint statement from Putin and Xi touting that the friendship between the two nations “has no limits” and that there are “no prohibited areas of cooperation”, it’s safe to say that the partnership will continue amid the Russian invasion. The two countries have reached new agreements on oil imports with deals worth $117.5 billion in new exports from Russia to China.

China, however, faces a dilemma of its own, having felt the pressure of US sanctions in the recent past. Under the Trump administration, the US sanctions Chinese tech conglomerate Huawei, which at the time was the largest smartphone producer in the world. Since, Huawei has become significantly less influential in the field of technology and new competitors have developed. If China decides to act against Taiwan in the future or tries to help Russia evade US sanctions or export controls, the United States could respond with swift sanctions. Chinese trade retaliation could also drive up the prices of Chinese imports used by U.S. businesses and manufacturers, leading to greater economic pressure than is currently being felt due to the restriction of Russian energy imports.

The two most obvious conclusions drawn from the behavior of Russia and China are clear: the United States must not rely on imports of essential materials from adversaries and it is paramount that we increase defense spending for the good of our own nation and for the in the name of free World.

The first step is to increase the energy independence of the United States by having President BidenJoe BidenSaudi Arabia invites Chinese Xi to visit Riyadh: Report Biden attends in-person DNC fundraiser to tout climate agenda Man charged with attempted murder and hate crimes after Asian woman of New York was struck 125 times MORE remove the freeze on new oil and gas projects and accelerate the construction and operation of pipelines in the United States. The Keystone XL pipeline alone would transport 830,000 barrels of oil per day, reducing reliance on Russian oil. Recent figures indicate that we import more than 600,000 barrels per day from Russia. Becoming energy independent must be a top priority if we are to see oil prices come down and prevent another energy crisis from happening in the future.

In light of Russia’s aggression and its renewed alliance with China, a robust defense budget is a necessity in the current era of war. Ensuring a strong defense industrial base is a priority to meet our defense needs, especially for future conflicts involving cyber and space arenas. America faces unprecedented threats and we must be ready to counter them at all times. We must also increase our funding and development of future weapons, similar to the advantage the United States held at the end of the Cold War.

Strengthening our research, development and supply capabilities are not the only investments we should be making. We must help our allies and NATO to prevent another situation similar to that of Ukraine. This includes taking a stronger stand with our friends in Taiwan. While the United States has strengthened cohesion with the island nation in recent years, we cannot make the same mistake waiting until the last hour to prepare a defense of Taiwan as we did with Ukraine. Having strong and prepared allies not only ensures their safety on the world stage, but acts as a deterrent against forces that may seek to undermine their freedom as sovereign nations.

With every innovation comes a new potential threat, and with every threat comes the responsibility to protect freedom and freedom. The United States has always been a beacon of freedom and hope and a living example of freedom in action. Although China and Russia have their own unique ideologies, they share two specific commonalities: authoritarianism in their home soil and unbridled hostility towards the United States of America.

President Reagan once said, “Freedom is never more than a generation away from extinction. We did not hand it down to our children in blood. It must be fought, protected, and passed on so that ‘they do the same.’ As we look to the future, I firmly believe that we must not waver in the face of authoritarian regimes that seek to destroy freedom-loving countries. It’s time to reaffirm American strength to secure peace and freedom – here at home and for our allies. .

Aderholt represents Alabama’s 4th District and is a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.

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