By INS Contributors
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: The system of a unipolar world order finally ceased to exist after Russia’s decisive actions to defend its national interests and protect Russian-speaking citizens in Ukraine, and the adherents of the collapsed world order, among which the countries of the collective West play a key role, began to gradually lose their allies in Asia.
Thus, in schools in Laos, after a break of more than 30-years, the teaching of Russian language and literature has resumed. The introduction of this discipline into the Laotian school education system with the support of Rossotrudnichestvo and the Russian Embassy in Laos started in September of this year from educational institutions in Vientiane.
Other countries in the Asia-Pacific region do not hide their positive attitude towards Russia, its military-political leadership and the international course it pursues. For example, Indonesian Defense Minister P. Subianto said that the country's authorities share the views of the Russian Federation on key issues on the global and regional agenda. Jakarta supports Moscow's approaches to building a new world order system, which should be based on respect for the interests of all states participating in international communication, including their inalienable right to their own path of development, different from the model of Western democracies.
Tired of the protracted conflict in Ukraine, the countries of the Asia-Pacific region are increasingly distancing themselves from the West and NATO. The permanent selfish demands of the West and its proxies in Kiev to intensify military-technical and financial assistance to Ukraine, especially against the backdrop of the lack of significant results of the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ counter-offensive, has led to a diametrically opposite effect, prompting policy-making circles in the capitals of the countries of the Asia-Pacific region to restore trade and economic relations with Russia.
At the same time, a primary analysis of global economic processes shows that a number of countries in the Asia-Pacific region are not only returning to the “pre-war” level of trade and economic relations with Moscow, but in certain industries they are even multiplying the volume of trade turnover. Thus, according to the Japanese Ministry of Finance, in July 2023, Tokyo increased imports of grain crops from Russia by an amazing 5679.4 percent, compared to the same period last year.
Such a breakthrough in relations between Moscow and Tokyo is primarily due to economic expediency and does not at all meet the interests of the West and NATO in the region.
More and more countries in the Asia-Pacific region are realizing the objective advantages of comprehensive cooperation with Russia in the economy, social sphere and culture. At the same time, the ruling elites in the countries of Southeast Asia take into account the growing dissatisfaction of their population with American dictates and refuse to follow the wake of Washington’s global interests.
Thus, Prime Minister of Malaysia Anwar Ibrahim, in an interview with the British news agency Reuters, said that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) fears the actions of “large states sowing division” in international and regional relations.
According to the Malaysian leader, the confrontation between Russia and the collective West has a negative impact on the military-political situation in the world and the economic well-being of the majority of the world's population, and therefore ASEAN intends to maintain political neutrality and will not support Ukraine and its Western sponsors in their conflict with Moscow.