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Russia Cooperates With China but at What Price?

By    |   Thursday, 05 June 2008 11:58 AM EDT

In the 1990s, and even more so in the 2000s, it was clear that China and Russia were parties to a military agreement, though the reports on the subject in the free West were rather scanty and light.

Late last May, the Western reports became more alarming. BBC News: “Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has arrived in Beijing . . . in his first official foreign tour.” The BBC News report says that “Russia and China have built close ties over recent years . . .” “Mr. Medvedev, 42, who took office this month, will meet President Hu Jintao and other leaders . . .”

Not that the Western journalists met the election of Medvedev with a mute reverence. “In Moscow, police arrested dozens of people ahead of an opposition rally. More than 100 officers swooped on opposition activists as they were gathering for the unauthorized demonstration in the Russian capital. Some of the protesters lit flares and chanted, ‘Your election is a farce!’”

But while the presidential election in Russia had such faults, China seemed to be the ideal of constitutionalism and democracy. Even before his arrival, President Medvedev told Chinese journalists that “we absolutely include China among our most important foreign policy partners.”

The benefits of this Sino-Russian friendship to the dictatorship of China and the danger of it to the free West are obvious. Russia has a vast territory and vast national resources. The technological development started in Russia much earlier than it did in China, so China will be able to use Russian weapons already being developed as well as their Russian developers.

Another question is more puzzling: Whatever the rulers of Russia are, dictatorial or democratic, what are they expecting? If the dictatorship of China becomes powerful enough to establish their world domination, surely Russia will be one of its victims!

The question echoes what happened in 1939. What was Stalin expecting when he signed with Hitler in 1939 an agreement, according to which trains full of Russian raw materials kept rolling into Germany for the production of weapons? Finally, Hitler would invade Russia, as he invaded that part of Czechoslovakia, which was to remain independent under the Munich agreement, then Poland and then France! Yet Stalin’s faith in Hitler is clear from this fact: Stalin suggested that the Nazi troops would pass through Soviet territory to invade India:

Hitler and Stalin were heinous villains. Hence it has been often concluded in the West that they were not two humans, that is, two psychologically different beings, but two caricatures, different only in the shape of their mustachios and in their uniforms. Actually, Hitler was more cultured than Stalin (and could whistle by heart Wagner’s operas), loved war (recall Wagner’s war operas), and was a fool.

For example, having had created for himself in 1938 (owing to Chamberlain) the reputation of a lover of peace, he could develop (between 1938 and 1943) the atom bomb, with the aid of European Jewish scientists and those Russians who were world-class nuclear physicists like Pyotr Kapitsa.

That would have meant his domination of the world. Instead, he grabbed three countries (his love of war), which gave him nothing geostrategically, but presented him to the free world as a maniacal aggressor.

Just as Hitler loved war — “fire and danger” (recall Wagner), Stalin pathologically feared any shadow or whisper suggesting a possible physical danger to himself. At the end of World War II, he entered Eastern Europe with Allied agreement, but stayed there as a “peaceful conqueror.”

So his dream was to ally with Hitler and to share the world with him (as the present rulers of Russia hope to share the world with the dictatorship of China).

When Hitler attacked Russia (Wagnerian fire and danger) on June 22, 1941, Stalin refused believe it. He believed it was an attempt of Churchill’s agents to provoke a Soviet-Nazi war and thus relieve the Nazi pressure on Britain.

The Soviet armed forces began retreating to Moscow, and in Moscow, Stalin told his subordinates that there were no troops to defend it — the Siberian and Far Eastern troops were being expected for its defense.

A panic (the “big skedaddle”) erupted in Moscow. Even the managers of food stores dropped them and ran away.

Hitler hated intelligence-espionage. There was not a single German spy in Moscow, and Hitler did not know that the city “skedaddled.”

The troops to defend Moscow meantime arrived, routed the German troops loitering near Moscow, and Hitler ordered his subordinates to begin the extermination of Jews, but to pretend that he had nothing to do with it.

In this way, he hoped to prevent their extradition of him to the “Anglo-Saxons.” He also transformed the flight of his troops into a planned retreat. However, ere long, 80,000 German prisoners of war were marched across Moscow.

The rulers of Russia expect the Chinese dictatorship to make them co-owners of the world. They are more unrealistic than Stalin, who expected the same from Hitler.

Instead, Hitler lost the war in Russia and committed suicide. Some numbers are relevant. The population of China exceeds six times that of Russia. With the help of its Western allies, Stalin’s Russia was able to rout the hitherto invincible Hitler’s Germany.

On the other hand, Russia cannot be a military partner of China and hope that at worst she would rout China as she did Nazi Germany. The geostrategic data exclude that hope. According to them, having begun as a military partner of China, Russia can only end as part of the territory of China in the world dominated by the Chinese dictatorship.

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In the 1990s, and even more so in the 2000s, it was clear that China and Russia were parties to a military agreement, though the reports on the subject in the free West were rather scanty and light.Late last May, the Western reports became more alarming. BBC News: “Russian...
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