It can’t really be said enough times that this “rules-based order” that the West keeps going on about does not have any rules.
If you ask them what the rules are, they claim they are a secret.
How can you have an order based on secret rules?
The Western-promoted “rules-based order” is merely a cover for colonialism, as the presumed rules have never been agreed-on by anyone and are ever-shifting from one case to another, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said.
The president made the remarks in an exclusive interview with state-run broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) that was aired on Monday.
“Have you ever seen these rules? No, because no one has ever written them, and no one has ever agreed to them with anyone. How can we talk about order based on rules that no one has seen?” Putin stated.
While such a situation definitely looks “from the point of common sense” as “nonsense,” it’s extremely beneficial for the proponents of the said “rules-based order,” the president explained.
“If no one has ever seen these rules, it means that those who talk about this themselves come up with these rules from case to case in a way that suits their own interests. This is the essence of the colonial approach,” Putin noted.
Yes, a secret list of rules upon which your order is based does appear nonsensical, but if you’re operating on a list of rules that only you know, you have an extreme advantage. Particularly when you are able to punish people for not knowing the rules.
Imagine playing a card game where only you know the rules. You can just declare yourself the winner over and over, because no one knows any different.
If you somehow lose, because someone guesses the rules, there is nothing keeping you from changing the rules. No one will be the wiser, because no one knew the rules in the first place.
Someone might say “this is retarded, if we’re going to play a game, everyone has a right to know the rules,” but then you just say “I’ll kill you if you complain.”