Unilateralism Against the Current of History Doomed to Failure



Jun Sheng

In the eyes of some US politicians, international organizations can be used as a tool to reshape US global influence, and also as amusement parks where they can come and go freely. The various actions of the United States deviating from multilateralism have fully demonstrated its unilateral mentality of seeking hegemony and ignoring its own international responsibilities.

Fanning the flames, provoking and exploding the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, courting allies, and continuing to tighten sanctions against Russia, the United States is creating chaos here and there, causing tremendous impact in various areas around the world, including energy, finance and food. Since the Ukrainian crisis erupted, he has once again exposed his hideous conduct to engage in unilateralism and safeguard his hegemony.

Whether fanning the flames and inciting conflict to create confrontation, or forcibly overthrowing the regimes of other countries, causing continued unrest in many parts of the world; from adherence to American exceptionalism, ignoring international law and basic norms of international relations, to long-arm abuse of jurisdiction, frequently brandishing the stick of “sanctions”… Behind the hegemony of the United States, as evidenced by the domineering and intimidating actions, a long-standing gene of unilateralism.

The unilateral acts of the United States are numerous as shown by its addiction to “withdrawal from organizations” to “break contracts”. Since the 1980s, the United States has successively withdrawn from several international organizations or agreements, including the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA ), the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and the Open Skies Treaty. In the eyes of some US politicians, international organizations can be used as a tool to reshape US global influence, and also as amusement parks where they can come and go freely. The various actions of the United States that deviate from multilateralism fully demonstrate its unilateralist mentality of seeking hegemony and ignoring its own international responsibilities.

Knowing that unilateralism has been unpopular in recent years, the Biden administration has shouted to “go back to multilateralism” from time to time in an attempt to confuse the world. But its so-called multilateralism is, in fact, another insidious variant of unilateralism, focusing on banding together allies bounded by ideology and dividing the world by forcing other countries to take sides. His unilateralist words and deeds have multiplied, as evidenced by his implementation of the “Indo-Pacific Strategy”, the strengthening of the Five Eyes Alliance (FVEY), the peddling of the “Quadrilateral Mechanism” (Quad), forming a trilateral security partnership and tightening the bilateral military alliance, and forming a small clique and an exclusive “club”.

In order to maintain its global hegemony, the United States tends to repeatedly resort to unilateral sanctions to coerce its adversaries into making concessions. For a long time, the United States has abused its financial hegemony and technological advantages, frequently resorted to unilateral intimidation and imposed sanctions on several countries, which have seriously violated international law and basic norms of international relations. These acts of hegemony have not only seriously damaged the international trading environment, but have also put the economies of the countries concerned in difficulty, and even led to serious humanitarian crises.

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Venezuela, Syria and Iran, which have been sanctioned by the United States for a long time, have seen their national economic and medical conditions deteriorate more and more, hence the pandemic prevention and control situation. The United States, on the other hand, continued to tighten the sanctions applied and even imposed so-called extreme sanctions on these countries, further worsening the economic and living conditions of the populations of these countries. According to statistics, the number of sanctions imposed by the United States has increased tenfold over the past 20 years.

Hegemonic acts harm all other countries in the world and unilateralism is unpopular. History has proven time and time again that indulging in the hegemonic dream by appearing to be self-sufficient and attempting to place one’s own interests above the common interests of the international community will inevitably end in failure and will eventually be set aside by time.


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