CHINA - Replace the US Order

Arno Froese

Beijing has for years been chipping away at the pillars of the U.S.-led global order—subverting its foundational institutions, international norms, and liberal ideals—but Chinese President Xi Jinping had not offered a comprehensive vision of how a China-led replacement might work. That is changing.

Xi has collected his ideas for a new world order into the Global Security Initiative (GSI), a platform of principles on international affairs and diplomacy that, he argues, can make the world a safer place. Included are some proposals that sound appealing—countries should resolve their disputes through dialogue, respect one another’s differences, and be considerate of varying national interests to achieve “security for all,” as Xi put it in an April speech. “We need to work together to maintain peace and stability in the world,” he said. “Countries around the world are like passengers aboard the same ship who share the same destiny.”

“China is the only country with both the intent to reshape the international order and, increasingly, the economic, diplomatic, military, and technological power to do it,” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in May.

Beijing’s agenda is also shaped by its narrative of inevitable U.S. decline and Chinese ascent. Washington and Western democracies more broadly have become incapable of leading the world.

How far Xi can get with the GSI is therefore unclear. Beijing’s challenge will be to convince other countries that they would not simply be replacing American hegemony with China’s. The Chinese, though, believe that time is on their side. As their power grows, their voice in global affairs will become more important, along with the import of their ideas.

-www.theatlantic.com, 13 July 2022

Arno's Commentary

On the US dollar, the words “Novus ordo seclorum,” meaning “New order of the ages,” appear. Likewise, Brazil’s official motto, “Ordem e Progresso” (order and progress), depicts the desire and tendency, not only in these two countries mentioned, but also the world over. All nations want unity, justice, freedom, progress, and security. How to achieve it is another issue. 

The website WarHistoryOnline.com highlights in an article, “Since its birth, the USA only had 17 years of peace.” Has war come to an end? The answer is yes, if we take the entire world into consideration. Checking the website Conflicts2022.CrisisGroup.org, it lists 10 conflicts to watch in 2022. The only full-fledged, ongoing war is Russia vs. Ukraine. While there are another 9 hotspots, they do not qualify as wars per se, such as US-China relations, Iran vs. US & Israel, Israel-Palestine, Ethiopia, Yemen, Myanmar, and Islamist militants in Africa.

So, what next? China is the creator of the Global Security Initiative (GSI). But what is the reason for this new “new world order”? China insists that the US-led new world order ignores the East: Russia, India, China, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, etc., which together contain more than half of the world’s population. One must also realize that almost half of China’s population has not yet been fully integrated into the modern world as we know it today. The nation is on the rise.

Can we expect a new world order under the leadership of China? The answer is yes. But China’s “new” new world order will not replace the Western-dominated new world order; rather, the two will compromise and merge into a truly global world society.

Interestingly, China’s leader Xi made a remarkable statement: “Countries around the world are like passengers aboard the same ship who share the same destiny.”

What does the Bible say? In the end stages of the end times, a person will arrive on the world scene, “and all the world wondered after the beast” (Revelation 13:3b). He will not only have superior military power, but also become the object of worship: “And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?” (verse 4).

As believers, we should take note that this development taking place in our days is not just political; it is humanity collectively separating itself from the Creator, thus creating his own homemade god. This is expressed in the quasi worship of merchandise. In the end, the entire new world order will collapse: “And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate” (Revelation 18:19).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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