Do not look at military budget as power status or else Iran would look like a pushover at merely $20B defense budget annually.There's Russia in the SCO, a developed country. But the SCO isn't exactly a NATO-type military alliance.
NATO includes Turkey and Greece, two traditional enemies whose forces have continued to skirmish even after joining the alliance.
The Philippines is an interesting example. Although they do have a mutual defence pact with Washington, President Duterte has tried to distance his country from the US. Also, in the face of Chinese intrusion into territory claimed by the Philippines, not only have the latter's armed forces proven to lack any sort of deterrence power, but their American allies equally failed to keep China out despite their treaty obligations.
The U.S.-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty and Philippine External Defense Forces - Foreign Policy Research InstituteOn the face of it, the Philippines’ security situation is somewhat puzzling. The country has a mutual defense treaty with the United States, the world’s strongest military power. Yet, China regularly intrudes into what the Philippines claims as its territorial waters in the South China Sea...www.fpri.org
Washington and its Arab allies aren't bound by mutual defence accords. The militaries of these states are of regional relevance at best and as such would do not really count as a deterrence force against China.
Nor would the zionist regime participate in a serious operation against China. It'd most likely sit on the fences, play both sides and draw benefit from their clash. In fact, zionists are busy sending out their pawns into China as we speak. In a very methodical and discrete manner, as per their habits. There are also significant links between the globalist oligarchy and China's economic elites.
Some hints are visible here and there... For instance, China may be in the process of moving towards the legalization of homosexual unions and child adoptions by homosexual couples. Likewise, it seems like the groundwork for extra-continental mass immigration is slowly being laid in certain Chinese urban areas such as the Guangdong / Pearl River Delta megalopolis - along with the same engineered theatrics of racism vs anti-racism, which we know western oligarchies are busying their populations with, in order to redirect the revolutionary energy of the working class towards futile intra-class struggles on an "ethnic" instead of an economic basis. We also have the subtle encroachment of the Haifan Bahai organization in China, with a particular view to targeting successful and wealthy business people for conversion and recruitment. In the same way, marriages between influential zionist and Chinese individuals have sharply increased over the past years. But, this is a complex topic of its own.
India, for its part, is indeed being groomed by the US in a frontline deterrence role against China. However face to face with China, India has amply demonstrated its vulnerabilities.
Germany during WW2 had allies, collectively referred to as the so-called Axis Powers:
Many of these countries having in fact annexed large swaths of territory from their neighbors, ie they were larger and relatively speaking more populous than in their present form. Of course, France and the UK had far more extensive colonial possessions; but then again, these colonies experienced quasi non-stop demographic expansion at much faster pace than the west since the end of the war, thus they weren't particularly populous back in the day (with the exception of the British Raj in India).
From England to India and from the Baltic States to Croatia and Serbia, some hundreds of thousands of volunteers joined moreover the ranks of the Waffen-SS. Quite unbelievably, there were even Russian volunteers fighting against the USSR (see Kaminiski Brigade).
Thus it makes sense for the following
-(HZ-Iraqi militias, Syrian militias, Hamas, Houthi Resistance alliance)
Wildcards (potential to flip to axis side)
Realistically this is the only way to provide military deterrence and allow Chinese led world order to emerge. Or else building only a economic deterrence by ways of Silk Road Integration of various countries will not provide suffice deterrence from an attack.
Remember the white man “acts” civilized because social norms calls for it. But when it’s security and livelihood are challenged they will not hesitate to turn back into savages in order to protect their way of life.
I'm not against the above suggested idea of an alliance between China and the mentioned countries and movements. This said, on the other side there's a considerable imbalance between the US and its allies. So I don't know how much of a difference it would make for a country the size of China. For example, France and the UK put together have only slightly more than 500 nuclear weapons officially vs America's over 5500, in other terms they add less than 10% to the US regime's nuclear power. In terms of defence budgets, in 2020 other NATO countries spent about a third of America's over 780 billion USD. Add south Korea, Japan and Australia, and that's "only" some additional 120 billion.
Look at manpower, navy ships, air power.
Manpower alone between India, SK, Japan could muster = 1-1.5M soldiers.
NATO = 750K-1M soldiers (Turkey alone could supply 400K)
US 1-1.5M soldiers
So an allied force could muster 4M soldiers including reservists. Where as China would be at about 1M or so before having to draft regular civilians.
Again this is a “world war” scenario aka a “all hands on decks”
Between the Allied forces alone, allies could muster at least 5000+ military aircraft to China’s 1500.
Another issue is China like Imperial Japan has an oil problem. (Indeed one reason for Pearl Harbor was oil sanctions had crippled Japanese war machine). While China does have an emergency reserve (exact amount is state secret) securing additional oil to not crash its local economy during a prolonged war effort would be very difficult. Not to mention allies would attack onshore oil storage in the beginning of conflict knowing energy is its weakest link.
Thus we arrive at my original point. Removing nuclear weapons out of the equation (even tactical would open a Pandora’s box that China may be hesitant to do in the beginning). China will need allies, alone it cannot hope to stand against the United effort of the world.
Like I said individually US allies pose not a major threat to China, however together with addition of US the swarm alliance becomes much more lethal in unison and synergistic effect.
Thus until China develops alliances it will never reach world order leader status. Merely economic superpower status which does not exactly translate to world order leader status. It will have big say at the table, but not the FINAL say and that right there is key.