According to Zbigniew Brzezinski, the strategic theorist who was national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter in the during the years of the Iran hostage crisis and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in the late 1970s, warned that the most dangerous scenario for America would be a grand coalition of China and Russia. The alliance would be not only united not by ideology, but by complementary grievances against the hegemonic power of the United States. The latest  ASPI special report, released just yesterday by Paul Dibb, examines Russian and Chinese concepts of great-power war in the 21st century, their views of the West and its military capabilities, as well the risks they might take to regain what they see as their lost territories in places such as Taiwan and Ukraine.

China and Russia are the two leading powers leagued together by their disdain for the West. The two now share an increasingly close relationship, especially militarily. If the China-Russia military partnership continues, it will inevitably undermine the international security order. Challenging the system of U.S. will lead in a classic security dilemma, that would end with lethal consequences.

-Eva W.