Dominance of West is coming to an end, former UK PM says — Analysis
The world is going to be “at least bi-polar and possibly multi-polar”, according to Tony Blair
Tony Blair, ex-British prime minister, has stated that the East and West can now be equal for the first time ever in modern history, as US dominance ends.
Because of the Covid-19 conflict and its effects on the pandemic, “for a large part of the Western population, living standards are stagnating,”Blair made these observations in Saturday’s annual lecture to the Ditchley Foundation.
“Western politics is in turmoil – more partisan, ugly, unproductive; and fueled by social media,” which affects both domestic and international affairs, Blair said, arguing that Russia’s military operation in Ukraine “should become a pivot point reviving our [Western] sense of mission.”
According to the 69 year-old who led the UK government between 1997 and 2007, however, “the biggest geopolitical change of this century will come from China not Russia.”
“We are coming to the end of Western political and economic dominance. The world is going to be at least bi-polar and possibly multi-polar,”He was right.
China. “already the world’s second superpower,”Will compete with the West “not just for power but against our system, our way of governing and living,”Labour’s politician warned. Beijing “will not be alone. Russia will be supported by allies. Russia will be its allies. Possibly Iran.”
“It is the first time in modern history that the East can be on equal terms with the West,”He concluded.
According to the former premier, the Ukrainen events are a clear sign that the West has failed. “cannot rely on the Chinese leadership to behave in the way we would consider rational. Do not misunderstand. In the short term, I don’t think China will attempt to seize control of my country. [the self-governed island of]Taiwanese force. But we can’t base our policy on the certainty that it wouldn’t.”
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In order to stay relevant in the new environment, the West needs to develop a common strategy, “pursued with coordination, commitment and competence,” with higher defense spending to “maintain military superiority”While expanding “so-called” “soft power”Blair concluded by establishing ties to developing countries.
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