As the United States and Europe embark on an increasingly hawkish policy towards China, Beijing has moved to welcome the formation of an alliance with Russia to counter NATO.
Speaking at the 95th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party last month, Xi Jinping delivered what Western analysts are calling an "incendiary speech" in which he called for a military union with Russia that would render NATO "powerless" and "put an end to the imperialist desires of the West."
The harsh statements come at a time when both Beijing and Moscow find themselves vulnerable to an increasingly hawkish US foreign policy that has resulted in a series of massive war games on both countries’ doorstep and the placement of missile shields in strategic quadrants to limit the ability of both Russia and China to defend themselves if conflict were ever to ensue.
"The world is on the verge of radical change," said the increasingly frustrated Chinese President.
The rhetoric appears to be also focused on quelling domestic dissent in China with officials already calling on citizens to be vigilant for anti-government agitators who may be agents of the West amid a flourish of US meddling in the South China Sea dispute with the Obama administration rallying others to demand that Beijing be evicted from its historic territory based on a questionable ruling that has been criticized by legal scholars who argue China never submitted to The Hague’s jurisdiction.
Losing the territory of the South China Sea would represent a major setback for Beijing’s economic aspirations in light of the fact that over 40% of the world’s shipborne commerce travels through the area which also is home to one of the world’s largest deep water oil and natural gas deposits.
Rallying support among his countrymen, Xi Jinping declared "it will never be as it was before, in 10 years we will have a new world order in which the key will be the union of China and Russia."
Russian President Vladimir Putin has long welcomed the development of a broader military and economic relationship with China referring to existing cooperation as an "all-embracing and strategic partnership."
With the international community stacking up against Beijing in recent weeks in the wake of the South China Sea ruling and the placement of the THAAD anti-missile systems in South Korea, Russia has stood steadfast in its support of the Chinese engaging in massive joint military exercises in the Pacific.
The lethal hypersonic nuclear glider that looks to revolutionize defense aviation could travel the distance from Moscow to London within 13 minutes and could penetrate NATOs missile defense system.
After launching initial tests on Russia’s first futuristic glider last year as part of Russia’s Project 4202, the aircraft believed to be the Yu-74 is “ready for action” reports Britain’s Daily Star.
The glider can travel at a speed of Mach 10 (7,680MPH or 12,3560kmh) and will reportedly be fit with RS-28 Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missiles although details about the glider’s specifications remain top secret. In April, US military officials confirmed the existence of Russia’s deadly hypersonic glider.
Considered a first in a growing aviation arms race, both the US and China are now hurrying to develop comparable hypersonic gliders equipped with nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles increasing the defense gap between the military superpowers and the rest of the world.
The report on the development of Russia’s hypersonic glider comes at a time when Moscow’s relations with the West approach a historic tipping point driven most recently by accusations that President Vladimir Putin is attempting to intervene in the US political election after Hillary Clinton’s campaign hurled a desperate allegation that the WikiLeaks file dump exposing her own bid, joined by the media and Democratic Party officials, to subvert the 2016 presidential election was all a plot of the Russians.
The splurge of Russophobia appears to have spilled over into defense relations with feverish assaults on Moscow’s strategy in Syria of stabilizing the Assad regime at least as long as necessary to root out Daesh and other jihadist elements in addition to renewed struggle in Crimea after Ukrainian forces were thwarted in a terror plot, an incident that has brought Moscow and Kiev to the brink.