Published On: Mon, Oct 28th, 2019

China-Russia military alliance would pose ‘serious threat’ to global security | World | News

Newt Gingrich, who is fiercely pro-Trump, said if Vladimir Putin brokered a deal with China’s Xi Jinping it would deal a blow to Washington. In recent years Moscow’s strongman president has forged a tight bond with Mr Jinping and the two countries have backed each other up at the United Nations Security Council as they rail against the West. Mr Gingrich said the rise of China “represents a serious challenge to the United States in many ways” but if the communist nation were to join forces with another country the effects would be felt across the world. 

In an opinion piece published on the Fox News website, Mr Gingrich warned: “If it were to partner or cooperate with another country, such as Russia, China and its comrade could seriously threaten U.S. – and indeed global – security.” 

Mr Gingrich serves as an informal adviser to US President Donald Trump and recently wrote a book entitled “Trump vs. China: Facing America’s Greatest Threat”. 

He argued it should come as no surprise if Beijing and Moscow agreed to work together on military matters due to the blossoming bromance of their leaders. 

He said: “For many years, China and Russia were like two estranged communist relatives, but that is changing. 

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Mr Gingrich served as the Republican House Speaker in the late Nineties. 

He later competed against Mitt Romney for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination ahead of the 2012 election. 

His warning comes after Mr Trump on Sunday used the death of the leader of so-called Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to praise his Russian friends. 

Speaking at a press conference in the White House, the Republican President thanked Russia for its cooperation with the raid in Syrian carried out by US Special Forces. 

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov responded by saying the Russian military had spotted US planes and does in the area where the operation was carried out. 

But he declined to say if the US had informed Russia about the raid in advance. 

He said: “If this information (about Baghdadi’s death) is confirmed we can talk about a serious contribution by the president of the United States to the fight against international terrorism.” 

Mr Trump’s cosying up to Mr Putin since before he was elected president is a stark contrast to how his predecessor Barrack Obama viewed Moscow. 

Amid the escalating US-China trade war, Mr Trump is likely to sign a deal with Beijing next month. 

Last week White House director of trade and manufacturing policy Peter Navarro said the president is expected to put his name to the first phase of the China trade deal during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Chili in mid-November. 

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