Romance Rekindled

From the January 2003 Trumpet Print Edition

In his travels in late November and early December 2002, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited countries throughout Central and east Asia—the two of note being India and China. The possibility of a Russia-China-India tripartate axis was considered. Putin signed joint declarations first with Chinese leaders and a few days later with Indian leaders that confirmed “determination to contribute to the establishment of a just, multi-polar world,” as the declaration with India read.

Significant is the use of the phrase “multi-polar world”—carefully agreed upon by the three nations. This phrase clearly expresses “discontent with the current American global dominance and its perceived long-term perilous consequences”(Asia Times, Dec. 7, 2002).

The war on terrorism brings the U.S. extremely close to these three countries, with a heavy military presence now in Central Asia. U.S. bases in former Soviet satellites are just a couple hundred miles away from the borders of India and China.

The idea of a triangular axis between Moscow, New Delhi and Beijing was first entertained when the U.S./nato campaign against Kosovo seemed to reveal, at least to Asia, a world dominated by a singular, unchecked superpower.

Now with the U.S. flexing its muscles over the Iraq situation, concerns have again been raised among the three Asian giants. Though these nations have tried to make clear that no overt anti-U.S. feelings are driving any increased cooperation, Washington isn’t happy about the situation.

Developing relations among the three countries have even raised the possibility of India being allowed into the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (sco), set up by Beijing and Moscow to create cooperation throughout Central Asia and China as a front against terrorism. Moscow believes strong trilateral cooperation (with India’s entrance into the sco) would help create greater security in a region increasingly plagued by terrorism—with all three countries presently afflicted by Islamist disturbances within their borders.

There may be issues that stand in the way of a strong-knit alliance between these three countries: China and India have deep-rooted historical rivalries; Sino-Russian relations have vacillated between cozy and aloof the past several decades. But what is certain is the two catalysts bringing the trio closer together—Western dominance and global terrorism—will only increase.

Bible prophecy clearly shows that U.S. dominance will not last long, and the new superpower will be a united Europe. Its global dominance will be far bolder than America’s has been this past century. And this may prove to be the strong catalyst that forges this mighty triangular Asian axis.

The Bible prophesies that this European beast power will be conquered by the coming “kings of the east” (Rev. 16:12)—players of which are described in Ezekiel 38. (Request your free copy of Russia and China in Prophecy for further information on this.) Knowledge of the biblical identity of those who comprise this alliance shows Russia, China and India to be part of this powerful eastern bloc which will one day stun the world with its size and power!