Thursday, March 01, 2007

Russia and China Team Up Militarily

In light of Russia's cooling relations with the United States and NATO, the Russian military leadership has begun to cultivate stronger defense ties with Asia. The head of Russia's General Staff, General Yury Baluyevsky will visit China from March 3 to 5, in preparation for a visit by the new defense minister, Anatoly Serdyukov, a month later. Both will discuss issues of military and political cooperation, including plans for a large-scale training exercise, Global Mission 2007, to be held in Chelyabinsk Region in June. Both President Vladimir Putin, Russia's president, and his Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao, will attend the exercise.

So plutocratic Russia and China are back together naturally. It's ironic. Even during the cold war, there were tensions between the two communist giants. Now the wall has fallen, yet the fear of George Bush has done something that a pithy quote from Karl Marx never could; make them best friends.

Let's review shall we. Osama is still free. The anthrax mailer is still free. The axis of evil thing seems like a big mistake. Europe doesn't trust us. Hugo Chavez and Daniel Ortega are running things in Latin America. Now Russia and China are doing joint military excercises in Russia! Good thing the grown-ups are in charge. Condi, what do you suggest we do now? You know the Russians. Any thoughts?