As it has been said multiple times before, China and Russia along with the rest of the BRICS countries are working closer together. The recent launch of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has given China in particular a special boast to its international image. It is seen as the go get it country across Africa and in Asia not to mention the Americas. The AIIB is meant to rival the likes of IMF or World Bank. At 57 founding members, it has not only attracted a Pan Asian countries but also Western countries ie Germany, Australia and even Israel. The United States is still holding out on possibly joining the AIIB. The U.S. has a long history of being weary of China's soft foreign policy approach to the world which emphasises infrastructure, economic and financial development without the additional strings attracted ie switching a whole government to a Democratic bases or swalling the neoliberal pill to jumpstart a non capitalist economy. Chinese foreign policy remains hands off in internal governmental affairs of its friends and allies. Despite ignoring the internal politics of its allies, Chinese weapons and military expertise has been flowing into the internal conflicts and rebel movements of its staunch allies: Sudan. On the other end, Chinese investment in road construction and transports in African/Asian countries like Kenya, Tanzania, Angola and Pakistan has cemented these respective countries' pro-China defenses at the UN.
About Russia and tradeMeanwhile, Russia is also making its rounds across Asia and budding up to some African leaders and even Western leaders among them Alexis Tsipras, needing help with an economically strained Greece. The United States continues to grind its teeth over China and Russia's success in balancing their economies and having friends in high places to aid in their international prestige. China is technically the world's largest economy. The Chinese economy over took the U.S. in late 2014 but the U.S. still insists that it is the world's hegemonic economy and that the world couldn't survive without it. China and Russia along with India and South Africa are not slowing down in their diplomatic outreach and economic partnerships. Cultural exchanges are occurring between the BRICS. The Silk Road has been revived as a modern day trade route and economic link meant to boost both Central Asia and Middle East alongside China and India's ebbing but stable economies. The AIIB is appealing to many countries and serves as an inspiration for many regional investment banks ie a Pan African bank for Africa and Mercosur, the regional financial group for South America.
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Afrisynergy News analyzes the recent military and economic tag between the U.S., China and Russia over the recent lightening pace building of a military base in the Spartly Islands and China's regional arm flexing in Asia its backyard. Enjoy.