Ukrainian victory prevents China’s global domination – Ambassador Herbst

24 May, 09:21 PM
In the photo: Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Russian dictator Vladimir Putin (Photo:Maxim Shipenkov / Pool via Reuters)

In the photo: Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Russian dictator Vladimir Putin (Photo:Maxim Shipenkov / Pool via Reuters)

Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, John Herbst, spoke with NV ahead of his speech at the Kyiv Security Forum about his vision of Ukraine's victory and its significance for the world.

According to Herbst, large authoritarian states, primarily China and Russia, threaten the international order established after WWII. The absence of uncontested major powers after the war contributed to peace and prosperity. Organizations such as the UN, Bretton Woods institutions, and NATO established a set of rules and security guarantees that became the foundation of peace.

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In 2022, the Russian dictator Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Prior to this, he had met with China's leader, Xi Jinping, and published a detailed statement on "close cooperation between these two revisionist leaders," Herbst notes.

When they met again in March 2023, Xi showed support for the already weakened Putin and announced that in the coming years, they will make significant changes to international order.

"The 'significant changes' they have in mind are the establishment of an international system where the strong can impose their will, as the Kremlin unsuccessfully tries to do in Ukraine," the diplomat explains.

In his opinion, a Ukrainian victory in the war will help to break the "anti-utopian dreams of Xi and Putin." It will persuade the Chinese leader to abandon his aggressive plans in the South China and East China seas.

"This would breathe new life into the current international order and reduce the number of reasons for all nations to fear their stronger neighbors," concludes Herbst.

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