....and don't think for a minute that the PMO isn't watching this very carefully.
As I was saying over on the Ukrainian thread. China is bigger long term problem. I guess I don't really understand Russia but I have thought they would have been an ally first against Radical Islam and then now as a buffer to China. But I guess they still want to be at the head table.Well, Alexander Gabuev (a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) says, in Foreign Affairs, that we may be returning to a 13th century model where Russia, which has had to turn, cap-in-hand, to China because of Western sanctions/isolation, will be a Chinese vessel state, again. That should worry us.
I love the creativity behind the idea, these folks are smarter than I. I also like the layers of security they’ve given themselves to an extent, and their motive is clear - drain money from the CCP.Interesting, if true I wonder if some governments might be funding some people?
About six months ago, in Deliberately Bringing China Down, Factory by Factory, I wrote about a couple of Americans who were buying product on credit from Chinese factories, with no intention of ever making the required second payment: The “this” to which I am referring is an underground (I say...harrisbricken.com
Tajikistan is hosting the drills, called “Regional Cooperation 22,” while U.S. Central Command organized them, according to the State Department. Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan—each members of Russia’s collective defense organization, akin to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)—are all participating.
Mongolia, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan are also joining in on the exercises, which are set to last until August 20.
China gains more customers with US Dollars…If Vlad loses the his grip then China loses the Silk Road.
I highly recommend reading “Genghis Khan and the making of the Modern World” by Jack Weatherford. It brings into focus China’s goals and also, in a way, explains the current conflict in Ukraine.This article emphasises the impact on Putin's Russia. I believe the impact is as great, if not greater, on Xi's China.
The CSTO is largely made up of Silk Road nations - nations that have no particular historical affinity to either Han China or Muscovite Russia.
The western end of the Silk Road is "anchored" by Chechenya, Dagestan, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Turkey and Ukraine.
The eastern end is likewise anchored by the Koreas and Japan.
China is penetrated by the culturally related Uyghurs of Xinjiang and the people of Inner Mongolia. Tibet has common cause with those nations as well as with Taiwan and Hong Kong.
And, of course, then there is India.
If Vlad loses the his grip then China loses the Silk Road.
While Putin touts his strong alliances during wartime, several countries in Russia’s defense bloc are participating in military exercises with the U.S. like it’s business as usual.www.thedailybeast.com