China and Russia are forging “a comprehensive strategic partnership” for “a new era,” said the Global Times (China) in an editorial. During a two-day visit to China this week by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, our two countries strengthened their ties and renewed a friendship treaty. Given that no country in the region could prevail against either China or Russia, let alone both together, Beijing and Moscow took care to reassure neighbors that theirs is “a partnership, rather than an alliance.”

Contrast this behavior with that of the U.S., which has been “arrogant and overbearing lately.” Washington imposed sanctions on Chinese officials for implementing needed electoral reforms in Hong Kong, then it mustered its European and Canadian allies to issue more sanctions over a preposterous claim of state-sponsored genocide against our nation’s Uighur minority. Meanwhile, U.S. President Joe Biden said in response to an interview question that yes, he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin to be “a killer.” It’s sadly apparent that the U.S. is lashing out because of the “decline of its comprehensive competitiveness.”

The first high-level talks between the Biden administration and China were openly antagonistic, said Oh Byung-sang in JoongAng Ilbo (South Korea). At a summit in Alaska last week, both sides came out swinging. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S. and allies would push back on China’s authoritarian challenges to the “rules-based international order.” That prompted an off-the-cuff, 15-minute diatribe by senior Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi, who accused the U.S. of starting wars and interfering in other countries’ internal affairs while neglecting “deep-seated” problems at home, such as racism against African-Americans. Blinken rebutted that the U.S. confronts its own failings, while undemocratic China does not, and Yang shot back that history shows how those who try to “strangle or suppress” the Chinese people only hurt themselves. These were “honest, lively, bloody words—far from diplomatic remarks.”

U.S.-Russia relations also took a nosedive last week, said Edward Lozansky in Izvestiya (Russia). With his “killer” accusation against Putin, Biden “violated all diplomatic norms, destroyed the chances of improving relations between the two leading nuclear superpowers for the next four years, and brought these relations closer to the red line” of military confrontation. This is in nobody’s interests, but then, the U.S. foreign policy establishment of which Biden is a proud member is obsessed with the idea of Russia as an enemy. Russia has now withdrawn its Washington ambassador for consultations, while Putin dared Biden to face him in a live debate. Biden thinks America can still dominate through threats, said Petr Akopov in (Russia). But China and Russia “are no longer afraid” of the U.S. and are “counterattacking more and more actively.” China, for example, reacted favorably to Lavrov’s proposal to form a broad coalition of countries to “oppose the illegal practice of unilateral sanctions.” While America continues its “inept game,” our nations will build “a new world.”