The United States is trying to rein in the growing Chinese and Russian influence by resorting to “gunboat diplomacy,” which involves sending warships and undertaking aggressive naval operations in hope of scoring political points against the two rivaling superpowers, an American political analyst says.
Earlier this week, Russia warned the American destroyer USS Donald Cook deployed in the Black Sea against approaching Russian coasts, stressing that Moscow was closely watching and monitoring the warship’s actions.
Following the incident, Russian senator Alexei Pushkov said such visits to the Black Sea by US warships had nothing to do with US security and were motivated by domestic politics.
Earlier this month, a similar confrontation took place in the South China Sea, where the US has been sending warships in order to challenge China’s sovereignty claims over most of the disputed waters.
Washington says the operations near Chinese…