The world has recently witnessed the official emergence of our globe’s new superpower: the People’s Republic of CHINA. China, which was known to the general people for its Great Wall and which has been perceived by many around the globe as the source of cheap products, is now the world’s new Superpower. Although it has been hard for the global elite states to accept this reality, they should realize— CHINA is no more rising, it ROSE ALREADY. China’s victory day parade on 3rd September, 2015 was not only a sheer showcase of its military might, but also the showcase of the standing it has within the political reality of different countries around the globe, especially the eastern and southern ones. However, such Parade is not meant to ignite geopolitical tensions; but it was meant to display that China’s military is ready to act anytime in order to maintain and secure peace and stability in the Asia Pacific region and the globe.
The Second World War is said to have started from 1939 while China was attacked by Japan in 1937. Although it took long for China to achieve a momentum in their resistance against Japanese invasion, China at some point started to build hopes on their small victories over Japanese troops. In the meantime, Second World War had already started, and in 1945, Japan surrendered to the allied powers, of which China was a part. Although the U.S.’s attack on Japan with nuclear bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki did hasten Japan’s surrender, the attack was not the only reason behind such a conclusion. It was the cumulative efforts of Chinese resistance and allied powers’ countermeasures that made Japan to kneel and accept defeat. Two remarks are very important to look back in this regard.
“If the Japanese attack the West Indian Ocean, all our positions in the Middle East will be lost. Only China can help us to prevent that from happening”— a remark made during the Second World War by former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
“Had China not been fighting, or had China been defeated, how many Japanese troops do you think would then be deployed to other regions to fight? They would have captured Australia, and India all at once,”— a remark by former U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
The Parade showcased modern hardware of Chinese military, 84% of which were never displayed in public prior to the Parade. It was argued by the western media that some of the Chinese defense hardware showcased in the Parade has been designed for countering some particular U.S. hardware. It was also argued that one particular type of Chinese missiles has been made for taking down attacks by the U.S.’s Ballistic missiles.
Besides China, delegates of 17 national armies took part in the Parade, including China’s all-weather ally Pakistan, the strategically most important ally Russia and from other countries with which China’s cooperation reached the height. Such participation by these countries is a sign of their trust and dependence on China, reflecting China’s success as a regional and global player in achieving the confidence of these countries.
China hosted many top leaders and delegates from around the globe in this Parade, including 30 heads of state. Among them the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Russian President Vladimir Putin and South Korean President Park Geun-hye are worth mentioning. The participation of the President of China’s once-regional-headache South Korea, an important ally of China’s global rival the U.S., showcases the depth of growing trust on, and acknowledged importance of, China.
The hosting of many top leaders and delegates from around the globe is meant to bolster ties with them and also meant to display the fact that the participating countries will unlikely have any objection to China’s future military involvements if it is required for maintaining peace and stability of the Asia Pacific region and the globe.
The globe leaning towards Sino-Russian orbit
The growing influence of Chinese economy around the globe had been already giving a hard time to the U.S. policymakers. Now that the showcase of China’s military might took place, it would become another area of anxiety for the U.S. However, it is not that the U.S. was unknown of China’s continuing attempt to strengthen its military might; but what the U.S. was unknown about is the extent of China’s readiness for military encounters. From the Parade’s showcase and from the U.S. media reactions, it seems that the U.S. did not expect that China has developed its military mechanism so much to be ready for any sort of military encounters — be it in national, regional or global level.
Moreover, the gathering of many important leaders from around the globe shows these participating countries’ growing confidence on China. Although it is a practice of heads of state to travel to other countries to attend Parades, such travel always mean a sign of trust and friendship. In addition to this, despite the possibilities of being seen by the West with suspicion of deeply aligning with China, many heads of state and state-delegates appeared in the Parade. Attendance of these leaders, even at the cost of annoying the U.S., shows their trust on China’s ability to accommodate their interest at the regional and global stage.
The confidence of these countries on China reflects those countries’ belief in Sino-Russian political orbit leading to a Sino-Russian global order. It is well believed that China is in rivalry with the U.S. regarding the major campaigner-ship of the current capitalist world order. From China’s recent moves, it seems that China, alongwith Russia, is engaged in reshaping the world order to replace the U.S. as the major campaigner of the current capitalist world order.
China has been trying to replace the U.S as the leader of the globe by reshaping the world order that was already shaped by the Westerners under the leadership of the U.S. China has been competing with the U.S. economically for quite a long and emerged as the second largest economy, replacing Japan. It is contemplated that China is soon to replace the U.S. as the largest economy in the world. China is now the largest trading partners of many countries around the globe. Such continuous engineering of global order to reshape it, such global economic presence, and now the showcase of its military and political maneuvers in the Parade — all of these symbolize the official emergence of China as our globe’s new superpower.
Bahauddin Foizee is an international affairs analyst, and writes on Middle Eastern, greater Asia-Pacific & European geopolitics. Also a campaigner for environmental and social awareness, Bahauddin Foizee occasionally writes on environment and refugee issues.