The USA has noted that Russia, China, India, Iran, Pakistan, Brazil and Indonesia have all become closer friends.
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'Strange' events have struck each of these countries that are possible rivals to the USA.
Russia and China are members of the the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), a rival to NATO.
1. On August 2008, Georgia launched a large-scale military attack against Russia's friend, South Ossetia.
2. On 5 July 2009, riots broke out in Ürümqi, the capital city of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, in China.
US military bases. Image from: www.japanfocus.org/-Peter_J_-Katzenstein/2921
India, Iran and Pakistan are 'observers' of the SCO.
3. The 2008 Mumbai attacks in India began on 26 November 2008.
4. On 13 June 2009, in Iran, clashes broke out between police and groups protesting election results.
5. On 3 March 2009, a bus carrying Sri Lankan cricketers, was fired upon by gunmen, near the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Pakistan.
BRIC is a group made up of Brazil, Russia, India and China and it may be expanded to include Indonesia.
6. On 1 June 2009, Air France Flight 447, flying from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to Paris, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, killing all 216 passengers and 12 crew members.
7. On 17 July 2009, the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Hotels in Jakarta, Indonesia, were hit by separate bombings.
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