Sen. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, posted a video on Twitter Monday where he stated that Russia and China both see an opportunity to start a “new world order” in Moscow’s current escalating conflict with Ukraine.
“I had a lot of people this week asking about Ukraine,” the senator said. “‘Why does it matter? What should we do about it? Why do we care?’ First of all, why it matters is that Beijing and Moscow are making an argument that they want a new world order.”
Rubio participated in an interview on the “Brian Rust Show” last Thursday where he said he’d like to be wrong in this particular assessment.
“This is probably the most dangerous moment since the end of the Cold War,” Rubio went on to say. “Incredibly tense. I say this to you hoping that I’m wrong, I really do. Usually, I don’t hope I’m wrong — this time I do. But I think the world’s going to look very different in 60 days.”
In a Sept. 11, 1990 appearance before a joint session of Congress, former President George H.W. Bush used the term “new world order” during the first Gulf War.
“Out of these troubled times, our fifth objective — a new world order — can emerge: a new era — freer from the threat of terror, stronger in the pursuit of justice, and more secure in the quest for peace,” Bush went on to say.
The Washington Examiner reports that China and Russia have outlined a vision of international relations wherein they reinforce each other in disagreements with the United States and its allies, while cooperating on a wide range of economic and diplomatic fronts.
According to the Examiner, Chinese General Secretary Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a joint statement that called for the “transformation of the global governance architecture and world order.” That transformation would be marked by the progress of programs and ideas that Moscow and Beijing conceived separately and could develop into a challenge to American power.
Rubio then said that China and Russia are trying to bring in a “world order where big powerful countries like them get to dominate their region. And the countries that are neighboring them are basically underneath and have to be under their power and in their control.”
“Vladimir Putin has decided he wants to take Ukraine,” the senator remarked. “We need to respond to that.”