Ping Pong Diplomacy

There are days, events, and people in human history that are known as good omens because they affect the lives of countries and, by extension, all of humanity.  Conversely, insofar as the events of the Ukraine war are not insignificant incursions, but the most dangerous since World War II. They have prompted some observers to refer to it as the Third World War, because two blocs are already competing to extend their influence and determine who leads the world. The Ukraine war is merely a cockfighting arena until a unipolar world is determined.

A mammoth conflict has resurfaced for the third time in modern history. The first time was during the British Empire's demise and the emergence of a policy in which America filled the void. It would be a polite description of Britain and France to say that they occupied the second rank among superpowers after cutting the tail of the British lion in the Suez War.

The second time was when the Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet Union retreated from being a superpower to being a country of regional importance with which Turkey could compete on vital levels. There was continued Russian confusion and decline until Putin was crowned Czar of the Kremlin.  He came from the Russian national intelligence service and was aware of the history of Russian glories since the era of Empress Catherine the Great. Even Nikita Khrushchev, whose shoe drumming can still be heard in the United Nations since the 1960s, decided to forcefully return the Russian bear to the international stage and to retire the American theory of the end of history that had been circulating for two decades.

Putin began to turn his gaze to the warm waters, so he intervened forcefully in the Syrian issue and became the final commander in the eastern Mediterranean. This coincided with the movement to force the rebellious Soviet republics into the Russian sphere of influence as happened with the Republic of Georgia. This should have served as a lesson to those who pleaded for the possibility of escaping the Russian orbit or responding to the NATO’s flirtations and caresses, even if it meant annexing Crimea and occupying eastern and southern Ukraine. This was planned to be a sequence of events led by the comedian Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who believed he had become a world leader despite the destruction of beautiful Ukraine and the displacement of its children, women, and elderly people around the world. After sending Ukraine’s youth to war, he believed that victory over Russia was just around the corner, as he failed to recognize that the war on his lands was nothing less than a theatre of military operations of the struggle for the unipolarity of world leadership.

He had forgotten that the Russian bear is making a strong comeback on the international stage. Similarly, the Chinese dragon grew tired of waiting to play its expected political role after conquering the world economically.  The People’s Republic had a desire to resolve some outstanding issues in international politics, such as the Republic of Formosa (Nationalist China), which was backed by the West out of spite for Mao's communist revolution. It was turned into a safe haven for all of the capitalists who feared the red communist fire, so they settled on it, an island a stone's throw from the Chinese motherland. They were wrapped in the American protection that dominated the world after its sweeping victory in World War II, while China was suffering from the effects of Japanese occupation, and the high cost of Mao's Red Revolution creeping up on Beijing's walls.  This began the first line of the story of the Chinese dragon's rise to knock on the world's doors after seventy years of hard work and success, claiming its right to international political influence as a result of its economic penetration into all continents.

The Chinese economy has almost surpassed America's to become the world's second largest, with the expectation that it will surpass it due to America's budget deficit exceeding several trillion dollars.

Empires do not die of heart attacks, but of ageing symptoms that may appear early or late.  This is the case with American and the Western leaders, as if it is the natural embodiment of the generational decline, where the leader has become only the one who is most popular and the most followed on social media.

Many objective observers regard Richard Nixon, the American president responsible for the Watergate scandal in the 1970s, as the last true American leader.  The secret of his leadership resided in his ability to extract the American army from the quagmire of Vietnam and the agreement with the Soviets on military relaxation.  Vietnam cost America the gold basis for the dollar after decades of the Cold War and chronic inflammation on the front lines.

Despite the adaptation of a communist ideology with doctrinal differences that allowed China to adopt capitalism to attract Western investments and technology without restrictions, Nixon's final blow was attracting China away from the Russian orbit with the continuation of the communist rule over majority of the Chinese people.  The Chinese have become a fuel for the gains of Western transcontinental companies that have adopted the theory of manufacturing innovations and new inventions in China to reduce costs and maximize profits.  China was accommodating to this equation until it obtained a sufficient degree of Western technology to develop its own Chinese version.  This was distinguished by a wide range of production, quality, and cost levels, in order to invade global markets in both poor and rich countries with equal strength and scope.  This was known as the “Chinese miracle,” which reached the pinnacle of its power with China's recovery of the island of Hong Kong from the British crown, despite equivocations and sterile English quibbles.

Fear of the enemy, not faith in friends, is the foundation of any system in any era. As a result of the West's fear of Russia's growing power and its rapprochement with China, the Third World War erupted between the European allies led by America and the new eastern bloc with Putin's military claw and the strong dragon economy. This conflict has clear goals, as the United States seeks to drain the eastern bloc militarily and economically, extend NATO to the east and reach the sources of oil and gas in Central Asia.  Russia seeks to halt this expansion and assert its influence over the former Soviet republics, even if it necessitates a temporary alliance with Iran and neutralizing arch-neighbor Turkey.

As for China, it wants to reassert its influence in Southeast Asia and return Taiwan to the Chinese sphere of influence - whether through peace or war - and this is the essence of the conflict that is unfolding on the Ukrainian stage, as it did previously on the Cuban stage during the missile crisis.

Unfortunately, only the tip of the iceberg is visible, and what is hidden is much larger. The world is in need for Nixon-like American Leader and his advisor Kissinger - the fox - and the architect of the international accord, who sent the American ping-pong (table tennis) team to play several matches in China as the first contact between China and the West.  These games followed a secret operation to test waters that took place in Romania and Pakistan to bring out the scenario of sports exchange.

Following that, the historical Chinese leader Mao invited US President Nixon to a historic visit to the Great Wall of China as a metaphor for China's civilization extending back to the dawn of history in exchange for the modern American dream. Now, nearly seventy years later, the world's most famous table tennis match is still delivering a historical sermon to world leaders. Its content could be that you can make a new agreement, gift the world with peace and prosperity, and enter history with a new game of ping pong.