Disinfo: The US seeks to destabilise Russia and China and to provoke a Sino-Russian war


After the fall of the Berlin War and the end of the Cold War, the United States – which became a unipolar superpower with no counterveiling superpower to restrain its behaviour – engaged in an increasing number of conflicts around the world. Only the rise of a Eurasian superpower can counter the political, technological and military might of the US and deter its engagement in violent conflict.

As China and Russia seek to achieve superpower status, the US will attempt to destabilise them through economic and eventually military pressure. The United States will predictably try to provoke conflict on the borders of both of these powers in order to destabilise them and (ideally in the mind of the US political elite) bring them into direct conflict with one another.


Conspiracy theory. The article provides no evidence to support its claims. This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the US and other Western states allegedly pursuing a belligerent and hostile agenda against Russia and China. One particular version of this narrative claims that the US seeks to destabilise Russia and China because these two states challenge the unipolar liberal world order.

There is no evidence that the US aims to destabilise Russia and China nor to provoke a war between these two states. US national security and defence strategy documents state that Russia and China are the US’ s strategic competitors and that their foreign policies tend to undermine the rules-based international order. However, neither these documents nor any other serious source on US foreign policy state that the Russian and Chinese challenges should be addressed by promoting destabilisation and a Sino-Russian conflict.

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  • Reported in: Issue 218
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 30/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: Italian, English
  • Country: China, Russia, US
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, Anti-Russian, War preparation, Destabilising Russia, Conspiracy


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