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Like Syria, Burundi is a war theater: the China-Russia axis vs. the US-EU axis

October 17, 2015

by Didas Gasana

There is no doubt that the U.S.-led unipolar global order is facing stiff competition from the East. The BRICS block, especially Russian and China, so far presents to the U.S. the most difficult challenge since the U.S. rise to global supremacy.

Didas Gasana

Didas Gasana

China and Russia’s competition for political and economic power on an international political scene has in fact led to a marriage of convenience between U.S. and some traditional nemeses like France. After Ukraine, where Russia’s Putin emerged as a force not to ignore, now we have Syria.

There is no doubt that Russia is setting a geopolitical agenda in the Middle East, and the U.S. is undecided on how to respond to him.

Syria is not alone. Deep down in the center of sub-Saharan Africa, Burundi is Africa’s Syria. Burundi’s pre- and post-election political maneuvers, violence and attempted coups are a result of this bipolar fight for global supremacy.

Nowhere can it be better illustrated than in the U.N. Security Council, where Russia and China protected President Nkurunziza against the wrath of the U.S. and E.U. allies. What lies at the center is not only the resource war – control of Burundi’s nickel and the mineral wealth of the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo – but political leverage.

Since day one, through Rwanda, U.S. and her allies have allegedly committed acts aimed to bring Nkurunziza’s government to its knees. It didn’t come as a surprise when Luc Michel, today, accused the U.S. and Belgium of fueling the Burundian conflict. (Michel is a far-right Belgian political activist. – ed.)

Burundi is not taking things lightly, having so far expelled Rwanda’s diplomat and asked for the replacement of Belgian Ambassador to Bujumbura Marc Gedopt, whom the Belgian foreign minister described as “unacceptable.”

To date, Syria and Burundi are two international hotspots where two global blocks are tussling it out for global superiority. To understand how political events are likely to play out in Burundi, keep a close watch on the Middle East.

Russia and China are increasingly becoming global players the U.S. can’t simply wish away, yet the U.S. is hell-bent on maintaining her global hegemony. None can tell with exact precision whether some political compromise may be reached or an all-out war in Syria – and by proxies in Burundi – will follow.

None can tell with exact precision if the U.S. will back off on both hotspots. My bet is that the U.S. has more to lose in the Middle East than in the Great Lakes Region.

How the USA reacts to Russia in Syria and how Russia reacts will have a bearing on Burundi. That is how global politics and economics can be as complex as a cobweb.

Didas Gasana is a Rwandan journalist who has taken political refuge in Sweden because his opposition to Paul Kagame’s Rwandan government put his life in danger in the African Great Lakes Region. In Rwanda, he was the editor and publisher of Umuseso. After taking refuge in Uganda, he became the editor and publisher of The Newsline, but after little more than a year in Uganda, he felt compelled to apply for refugee status outside Africa. He can be reached at diga_mbi@yahoo.fr.

 

6 thoughts on “Like Syria, Burundi is a war theater: the China-Russia axis vs. the US-EU axis

  1. Philip

    You re right Gasana. And those countries are using proxies in the regions as they did in DRC. When will Africans see that they are serving someone's interest instead of serving their people's interest? It is a pitty to see that some countries in the region are plotting to stabilize their neighbor. RWANDA is said to be preparing rebels to go to stabilze Burundi. They are said to be behind the chaos in Bujumbura. Oh God, my Africa. I feel for Rwandans who are dragged in wars and are supposed to live in a country that is hated by neighbors because of its malicious plans to destabilize others.

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  2. Esperantist

    As far as I know Russia is really peacefull country. If you see into the history background of Russia, you may recognize that they were never fight against other nations for their land or resources. Many times other countries tried to fight against Russia to get their land, but always Russians won and turn out capturers. Why do you suspect now that Russia would like to play role of global leader? Why do you suppose Russians aggressive and looking for fight? What can be a reason to think that Russians need more land or natural or human resources? Let turn to the history of every nation to understand their real behaviour and goals. You can see the history of european so called "civilized" and "democratic" countries. You can see the history of US also, especially newest one. There are many interesting things and events. Such events being cleared of global propagandist shell are very explanatory to every thinking man. I believe people mostly are smart enough to understand where is propaganda and where is reality.

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    1. anniegarrison

      Russia has all the resources needed to sustain a great military and industrial power within its borders, they might have a bit of a manganese problem now, since most of the manganese used in Russian industry was coming from the Ukraine; I'd have to look into that further to have a better idea.

      China and the US do not have the resources needed to sustain a great military and industrial power. They compete for them globally, particularly in Africa.

      But Russian business seeks to expand even though Russia is resource rich. US and Russian businesses compete for markets and resources globally.

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