On May 28th, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Athos. During the welcoming ceremony, he was allowed to take the place previously occupied by the Byzantine emperors, bishops and leaders of Orthodox states. Live on the Russian TV channel Tsargrad, the Chairman of the Supervisory board of Katehon analytical center, Konstantin Malofeev, explained the meaning of this visit...
The grandiose program to restore Japan as a world power is falling exceedingly short of the mark. The combination of shrinking demographics, economic stagnation and burgeoning public debt are conspiring to reduce Tokyo’s geopolitical influence and strategic capabilities. In response to the rising prestige and economic power of China, ASEAN, Russia and possibly a reunited Korea, the U.S.-Japan security alliance is becoming as useful as a fifth wheel.
The meaning of multipolarity is a lot more varied that one might initially think, and while a full study of the concept raises questions about whether hitherto assumed-to-be multipolar states are really as attuned to this vision as one may have initially thought they would be, it also reveals the reverse in which presumably unipolar states surprisingly have some multipolar tendencies.
The geopolitical significance of the Russian president and Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church’s visit to Mount Athos lies not in the strengthening of Russian presence on Athos, but in the imparting of an explicitly imperial, Orthodox, and Byzantine meaning to foreign state and Church policy, and the acceptance of the Athonite imperial mission and Athonite zeal in faith in opposition to Western liberalism and lukewarm ecumenism.
China is a rock-solid multipolar leader and is one of the main driver forces alongside Russia in charting a multipolar world future. Japan is one of the most firmly unipolar states in the world, standing at the forefront of the US’ “Chinese Containment Coalition” and being occupied by thousands of American troops.