A relevant result of Vladimir Putin’s five-day-visit to the East: the notion of a “triangle” (Russia, China and India) is used everywhere in the world media. This was basically initiated by Indian journalists from the newspaper Hindu and from Star-TV television channel. They interviewed Putin in Moscow two days before he left for the Eastern tour. They pointed out that Putin was coming to India after visiting China: “The trilateral cooperation between India, China and Russia was developing rather fast. In which way, do you think, this cooperation will continue? Will you bring a message to India from China?”
Putin’s answer was evasive. Yet, it became known later that the question from Indian journalists was not unfounded. The American newspaper Christian Science Monitor published an article entitled “Putin Pushes Strategic Triangle with China, India.” The story runs: "In Beijing, and in New Delhi yesterday, the Russian president put on what some analysts say is a clinic in selling the idea of a strategic partnership or "strategic triangle" in Asia between Russia, China, and India - with Moscow taking the lead.”
In this connection we would like to recollect Yevgeny Primakov’s visit to India four years ago (Primakov was the Russian Foreign Minister at that time). When Primakov arrived in India, he was informed about the USA's attack on Iraq. Then Yevgeny Primakov said that the union of Russia, China and India could be an opposition to the American supremacy.
This is equal to absurdity, taking into consideration the traditional hostility between Delhi and Beijing. Yet, the fear of the unrestrained supremacist overseas caused a reaction. Hong Kong press wrote that the American brutality against Iraq and the USA-NATO aggression in Kosovo that followed the bombing of Iraq spurred Chinese President Jiang Zemin to talk to Chinese politicians. They allegedly recommended to pay more priority to the countries, whose role in the NATO politics was insignificant. Then, they suggested the retrieval of relations with the third world. Finally, Chinese politicians recommended Jiang Zemin to cooperate with Russia and India.
The victory of the America-NATO monster over Serbia resulted in negative consequences for the United States on the international arena. Russia and China recollected the identity of their global interests. This eventually resulted in two important events that happened during the year 2001. The group of Shanghai Five (the discussion club of Russia, China and three countries of Central Asia) turned to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. This organization consists of six countries. In addition to that, Russia and China signed the treaty of neighborly relations, friendship and cooperation in Moscow.
This was the culmination of the attempts to restrain the American supremacy. Then, it was followed with a recession. After the terror attack on America on September 11th, Russia and China started competing for Bush’s sympathies. However, the experience of the first half of the year 2001 showed that Bush’s correctness regarding the relations with Russia and China depended on the state of relations between Russia and China. The American president proved that the USA was totally against the multi-polar world order. The USA aspires to the global supremacy, which causes all troubles in the global political life. NATO expands eastwards, the war against Iraq gets prepared in public, separatists are supported everywhere – from Taiwan to Chechnya. Probably, this initiated the idea to retrieve the Eurasian triangle.
Western media are being rather malevolent about this triangle, but not much, really. The documents that were signed in Beijing, Delhi and Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan capital) regarding the advantages of the multi-polar world order, the necessity of diplomatic solution of Iraqi problem, were extremely cautious in their wording.
Putin gave it to understand with his proximity to Beijing and India that he still had an interest to preserve a counterbalance, despite the USA’s pragmatic policy to make everyone acknowledge it the world’s only superpower. Putin signed a declaration for the advantages of the multi-polar world order, which is completely opposite to the USA’s global reign.
The triangle Moscow-Beijing-Delhi plays an important role in business that is connected with a few competitive Russian export goods. China and India are the basic buyers of the Russian defense production. Russia and India attach a lot of importance to the bilateral relations with the USA. Nevertheless, Washington had to think over the fact that Russia, China and India stand for the multi-polar world.
This is another kind of triangle now, not like Yevgeny Primakov saw it. There is no anti-American protest hidden there. This is what Dmitry Kosyrev, RIA Novosti observer, thinks. Putin’s tour of the East was preceded with the settlement of the conflict with Alexander Lukashenko. When the tour was over, Russia regrouped its Air Force unit in the republic of Kyrgyzstan. Was it all incidental?
Making the world today become the multipolar world is like a road of a thousand miles. Any step on this road is a bliss. It seems that this is the result of Vladimir Putin’s trip to the East.
Translated by Dmitry Sudakov