Speaking on WABC 770’s “Cats Roundtable” on Sunday (March 12), former national security advisor John Bolton warned that the U.S. is “sitting still” while the relationship between Russia and China is growing.
Bolton told host John Catsimatidis that the U.S. is “sitting still” while “the Chinese, the Russians,” North Koreans, “Iran… and several others are moving to shore up their relations.”
Bolton’s comments come days after Iran and Saudi Arabia revealed on Friday (March 10) they had a diplomatic breakthrough, announcing they would be normalizing relations and reopening their embassies as part of a deal brokered by China.
Pointing to the announcement, Bolton explained that the move indicated Saudi Arabia and other nations “are trying to hedge their bets with China and Russia,” as these nations don’t believe the U.S. “has the resolve and the fortitude” to do what is necessary to “protect the world against Iran.”
He added that the “Chinese have a strategy” that they’re following, comparing that to the U.S.’s plan, which he asserted “kind of wander around from day to day.”
According to senior U.S. officials, Russia’s relationship with China is also strengthening as the latter is considering giving the Soviet nation lethal aid in its war against Ukraine.
However, China has positioned itself as a neutral arbiter in the Russia-Ukraine war, releasing a 12-point peace plan and calling for peace talks.
Bolton asserts China’s presence in the Russia-Ukraine war has made the nation “one of the biggest winners” in the conflict, noting that if Russia takes over Ukraine, it would “strengthen China.”