Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia -- From this Pacific port to a Siberian training range 900 miles away, China and Russia sent an unambiguous message to Washington on Tuesday: Under American pressure, these historical rivals are becoming allies. In Vladivostok, Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed Chinese President Xi Jinping as the headline guest at an annual conference focused on Russia's Far East. They made pancakes together on the waterfront. Meanwhile in Siberia, more than 3,000 Chinese troops joined Russian soldiers for the country's biggest military drills since the Soviet era.

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China is cozying up to Russia, and Trump's trade wars are the reason.

"Washington is fighting a trade war with China and imposing mounting sanctions on Russia. The Trump administration has reoriented the U.S. national security strategy toward "great-power competition" with Russia and China, describing both countries as seeking to "shape a world antithetical to U.S. values and interests."

China's mounting tensions with Washington have raised the value -- in Beijing's eyes -- of Russia's military technology and experience, analysts say. For Putin, Western sanctions are making China's economic might more attractive as he searches for new allies.

Feng Yujun, director of the Center for Russian and Central Asian Studies at Fudan University in Shanghai, said the geopolitical aims of the two countries do not coincide. China is trying to integrate itself into the established international order and promote globalization, he said, while Russia is not willing to obey the established order.

"Russia is facing many difficulties. Its relationship with Western countries is deteriorating, and its economy is under heavy sanctions," he said in a phone interview. "So Russia hopes to ease the pressure on it with the help of China, to gain political and economic benefits on the other hand."

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba said Tuesday that it would partner with a prominent Russian oligarch and the Russian sovereign wealth fund to expand into Russia.

"This year has been a remarkable year for China-Russia relations," a columnist for the People's Daily wrote, noting that Putin had just visited Beijing and that Xi had awarded his counterpart China's first "friendship medal."

excerpts... the article is worth perusing; use an incognito window if blocked.

like: "But Defense Secretary Jim Mattis played down the prospects."

SO it's, Alfred E. Mattis saying, "What, me worry?".

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2018-09-12 12:26 AM | Reply

"The enemy of my enemy is my friend"
- Ancient Proverb

#2 | Posted by TrueBlue at 2018-09-12 06:44 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#2 | Posted by TrueBlue

As convenient as it would be, it is morally wrong to set people's huts on fire while they are in them, and most people can see that. You really do have to win their hearts and minds.

And that is why what is going on right now really is turning into another Vietnam.

God, I hope the music and drugs are just as good as last time.

#3 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2018-09-12 07:45 AM | Reply

Trump has aggravated this long running trend, also known as the new silk road. To remain engaged with the rest of the world cease being to belligerent.

#4 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-09-12 01:40 PM | Reply

FFS this is madness.

25th Trump already.

#5 | Posted by Tor at 2018-09-12 03:32 PM | Reply

So much winning!!!

#6 | Posted by zelkova at 2018-09-12 03:42 PM | Reply

Trump was right!

Only he could accomplish that.

I give him an A++!!

#7 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-09-13 10:59 AM | Reply

What a bunch of whiny, immature kids. Omg, my bestie is now hanging out with another friend, waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

China and Russia have identical economic strategies and it makes sense to be close. Doesn't have to mean they are telling the world that everyone better watch out now or they will be bombed to death. Wait until one of them demands a bunch of unfair trade agreements from the other. Just like the US, other countries try to improve relations across the world. We aren't the only ones who can have friends. Stop trying to sensationalize America even more. What the WP is actually saying is America should demand that nobody be friends unless they hang out with us more. That's so pathetic and childish that if you can't see how bad that media outlet is now, you are just as childish.

#8 | Posted by humtake at 2018-09-13 12:00 PM | Reply

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