According to Press TV’s report “Russia delivers first S-400 regiment to China” on April 3. China entered into a contract with Russia in 2014 for the purchase of six regiments of S-400 at US$3 billion. Now China has received one regiment including a command post, radar stations, launching stations, energy equipment and other property.
S-400 is a cutting-edge air defense system capable of engaging targets at a distance of 400 km and at an altitude of up to 30 km. It can destroy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles. It can also be used against land-based targets.
Source: Press TV “Russia delivers first S-400 regiment to China” (summary by Chan Kai Yee, full text can be viewed at http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/04/04/557419/Russia-S400-missile-contract-China)
Jeremy Goldkorn April 4, 2018
The Associated Press yesterday reported that Wei Fenghe 魏凤和, China’s defense minister, “says his visit to Russia is a signal to the United States about the increasingly close military ties between Moscow and Beijing.”
•Minister of foreign affairs Wang Yi 王毅 is accompanying Wei. Wang “is expected to hold talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, on Thursday,” according to the South China Morning Post.
•“This relationship is as firm as a rock,” said a Chinese military spokesperson to state broadcaster CGTN, explaining that the “China-Russia relationship is the best major-country relationship in today’s world.” CGTN also says that Wei will attend the Moscow Conference on International Security this week.
Source: SubChina “To Russia with Love”
Note: This is SubChina’s report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views.
While beginning a trade war with China and opposing US President Trump’s attempt of détente with Russia, according toe Reuters’ report “Iran should turn to Russia, China after Bolton nomination: senior MP” yesterday, the US is pushing Iran into China and Russia’s arms. According to the report, Iran believes that US appointment of John Bolton as national security adviser means tougher US stance towards Iran. To counter that Alaeddin Boroujerdi, head of parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, told ISNA news agency,“Americans are pushing for harder policies toward the Islamic Republic of Iran and we need to strengthen our view toward the East, especially China and Russia,”
Iran is a major power in the Middle East. India, one of US quad, has been trying hard to win over Iran, but the US is pushing Iran into China and Russia’s arms, leaving not only the US but also India isolated in Asia.
Russia’s Eurasia Union is trying hard to cooperate with China’s Belt and Road. China’s Belt and Road is very successful in Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Maldives. Japan has shown great interest in Belt and Road and wants to have ASEAN + 3 free trade arrangement earnestly. Now Iran has already had quite a few Belt and Road projects economically and is anxious to join China and Russia in countering the US politically. As a result, India will try hard to mend fence with China. It seems that an Asian Union will soon be a reality thanks for US pursuit of isolation.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Reuters’ report, full text of which can be viewed at https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-bolton-iran/iran-should-turn-to-russia-china-after-bolton-nomination-senior-mp-idUSKBN1H009W.
Even during US President Donald Trump’s presidential election campaign, he tried to improve US-Russian ties and so did Russian President Putin, but encountered fierce opposition from both his Republican and the opposition Democratic Parties.
Trump may be wise to see that the US will be in a very unfavorable position if China and Russia form an alliance to counter the US. He also tried to please China as the US will be in a very favorable position if it has good relations with both Russia and China and is able to pit Russia against China.
When Trump congratulated Putin on his being reelected as Russian president disregarding his advisors’ opposition, there is fear among some Chinese analysts that Trump is making efforts to win over Russia in order to break China-Russian alliance. The fear is reasonable but entirely unfounded. US politicians and media are so fiercely hostile to Russia that Trump’s attempt to court Russia is utterly unacceptable to them. Reuters’ report “Trump defends congratulatory phone call to Putin” on March 22 precisely proves that.
It seems that Americans will be pleased if Trump’s diplomacy makes the US isolated in the world.
Let China and Russia establish an Asian Union and better a Eurasian Union. Let EU strengthen their unity. We will be happy if the world is divided into three with the US being one of the three.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Reuters’ report, full text of which can be viewed at https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-kelly/trump-defends-congratulatory-phone-call-to-putin-idUSKBN1GX2N9.
According to Science and Technology Daily’s report “China and Russia jointly develop new material that can be used in making casing of military equipment invisible to radar” on March 20, Russia’s Tomck Polytechnic University and China’s Jilin University have jointly developed a kind of hollow magnetite particles able to absorb high-frequency radiation. They can be used to produce the casing of military equipment invisible to radar or protect optical cable and other IT equipment from high-frequency interference.
The research workers use an unique plasma accelerator to produce various kinds of iron oxide within one millisecond instead of 24 hours to 3 weeks if other chemical technology is adopted; therefore, the cost of production is very low.
With such technology China and Russia can make fuselages of stealth fighter jet very fast at very low costs.
Such China-Russia cooperation indeed add wings to two tigers as I have predicted.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Science and Technology Daily’s report, full text of which in Chinese can be viewed at http://mil.huanqiu.com/world/2018-03/11679358.html.
UK media The Guardian says in its report “Vladimir Putin secures record win in Russian presidential election”:
Senior Russian officials have said that Vladimir Putin’s decisive win in the presidential elections reflects popular support for his muscular foreign policy and would bolster his role as a counterweight to the west.
“It is now obvious to everyone that Putin pursues an independent foreign policy and stands up for the national interests that the citizens of our country share,” Valentina Matviyenko, head of the federation council, told the Russia 24 television station on Monday. “This strengthens his capabilities, this strengthens his weight, this strengthens his authority in the world.”
Putin was able to send Russian military to Syria to maintain Russian influence their in spite of Western sanctions as it has China’s economic support. Putin will enhance the alliance between Russia and China, which will greatly facilitate resolving the conflicts of interests between China’s Belt and Road initiative and Russia’s Eurasian Union in Central Asia, making it easier for the two giants to set up an Asian Union similar to the EU. The world will thus be divided into three: the US, EU and the Asian Union with China taking one of the three. There will be no US world hegemony. As the center of the world is moving to Asia, China and Russia will be the center of the world.
Russia’s natural resources, especially the oil and gas in Siberia and North Pole, are very attractive to Japan and South Korea. Japan has already shown keen interest in China’s Belt and Road and the establishment of ASEAN + three (Japan, South Korea and China) free trade area. There will be no problem to have South Korea join the Asian Union when China and Russia have helped ease tension in the Korean Peninsula.
In the 6 years when Putin remains Russian president, the Asian Union may initially take shape.
Due to Russian people’s support, Putin will be more aggressive in protecting Russia’s interests in Europe. He will attract US and EU attention on Russir and thus divert US pressure on China. As a result, China will be in a better position to maintain good relations with both the US and EU and have less hindrance in its efforts to establish the Asian Union.
Moreover, Russia’s Eurasian Union and China’s 16+1 plan to extend Belt and Road to eastern and central Europe may attract some eastern and central European countries into the Asian Union to make it a Eurasian Union.
China is clever in exploiting Russia’s conflict with the West to realize its ambition to set up an Asian Union to divide the world into three. The US is stupid not to exploit the conflict of interests between China and Russia in Asia, especially Central Asia, but on the country set a national security str
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on The Guardian’s report.ategy to oppose both of them to push them increasingly closer together!
New Silk Road infrastructure projects could bring back a peaceful and prosperous Eurasia
By Pepe Escobar March 14, 2018
The geopolitical focus of the still young 21st century spans the Indian Ocean from the Persian Gulf all the way to the South China Sea alongside the spectrum from Southwest Asia to Central Asia and China.
That happens to configure the prime playing ground, overland and maritime, of the New Silk Roads, or the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
The epicenter of global power shifting East is ruffling feathers in some US political circles – with a proliferation of parochial analyses ranging from Chinese “imperial overstretch” to Xi Jinping’s Chinese Dream provoking “nightmares.”
The basic argument is that Emperor Xi is aiming for a global power grab by mythologizing the New Silk Roads.
The BRI is certainly about China’s massive foreign exchange reserves; the building know-how; the excess capacity in steel, aluminum and concrete production; public and private financing partnerships; the internationalization of the yuan; and full connectivity of infrastructure and information flows.
Yet the BRI is not a matter of geopolitical control supported by military might; it’s about added geopolitical projection based on trade-and-investment connectivity.
The BRI is such a game-changer that Japan, India and the “Quad” (US, Japan, India, Australia) felt forced to come up with their own “alternative”, much-reduced mini-BRIs – whose collective rationale essentially lies in accusing the BRI of “revisionism” while emphasizing the need to fight against Chinese global domination.
The basis of the Trump administration’s Free and Open Indo-Pacific strategy, introduced in October 2017, was to define China as a hostile existential threat. The National Security Strategy (NSS) and the National Defense Strategy (NDS) amplified the threat to the level of a new doctrine.
The NSS states that “China and Russia challenge American power, influence, and interests, attempting to erode American security and prosperity.” The NSS accuses China and Russia of wanting “to shape a world antithetical to US values and interests.” It also accuses Beijing of “seek[ing] to displace the United States in the Indo-Pacific region” and of “expand[ing] its power at the expense of the sovereignty of others.”
The NDS states that Beijing “seeks Indo-Pacific regional hegemony in the near-term and displacement of the United States to achieve global preeminence in the future.”
That’s the new normal as far as multiple layers of the US industrial-military-surveillance-media complex are concerned. Dissent is simply not permitted.
Time to talk to Kublai Khan
“Revisionist” powers China and Russia are regarded as major double trouble when one delves into the direct link between the BRI and the Russia-led Eurasia Economic Union (EAEU). The EAEU is itself one step ahead of the Russia-China strategic partnership announced in 2012, crucially a year before Xi announced the BRI in Astana and then Jakarta.
At the BRI forum in Beijing in May 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin solidified the notion of a “greater Eurasian partnership”.
The Russian “pivot to Asia” started even before Maidan in Kiev, the referendum in Crimea and subsequent Western sanctions. This was a work in progress along multiple sessions inside the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the BRICS and the G-20.
Kazakhstan is the key link uniting BRI, EAEU and the SCO. Russia and Kazakhstan are part of one of the top overland connectivity corridors between East Asia and Europe – the other going through Iran and Turkey.
Xinjiang to Eastern Europe by rail, via Kazakhstan and Russia, now takes 14 days and soon will drop to 10. That’s a major boost to trade in high value-added merchandise – paving the way for future BRI high-speed rail able to compete head-on with low-cost maritime transport.
As for Moscow’s drive to be part of the BRI/EAEU economic connectivity, that’s only one vector of Russian foreign policy. Another one, as important, is enhanced German-Russian trade/investment relations, a priority also for German industrialists.
China for its part is now the top foreign investor in all five Central Asian “stans.” And it’s crucial to remember that Central Asia is configured not only by the five “stans” but also by Mongolia, Xinjiang and Afghanistan. Thus the SCO drive to solve the Afghan tragedy, with direct participation of major players China, Russia, India, Pakistan and Iran.
The BRI strategy of forging a pan-Eurasian connectivity/logistical grid naturally poses the question of how Beijing will manage such an open-ended project. The BRI is not even in its implementation phase, which officially starts next year.
It’s useful to compare the accusations of “revisionism” with Chinese history. When Marco Polo reached the Yuan court in the late 13th century he saw a multicultural empire thriving on trade.
It was the Silk Road trade routes and not the projection of military power that epitomized Pax Mongolica. The 21st century Pax Sinica is its digital version. Is Xi a new emperor or a post-modern version of Kublai Khan?
The Yuan dynasty did not “control” Persia, Russia or India. Persia, a superpower then, linked the Nile, Mesopotamia and the Indus with trade with China. During the Tang Dynasty in the 8th and 9th centuries China also had projected influence across Central Asia all the way to northeastern Iran.
And that explains why Iran, now, is such a key node of the BRI and why the leadership in Tehran wants the New Silk Roads solidified. A China-Russia-Iran alliance of – Eurasia integration – interests cannot but rattle Washington; after all, the Pentagon defines all those geopolitical actors as “threats.”
Historically, China and Persia were, for centuries, wealthy, settled agricultural civilizations having to deal with occasional swarms of desert warriors – yet most of the time in touch with each other because of the Silk Road. The Sino-Persian entente cordiale is embedded in solid history.
And that brings us to what lies at the heart of non-stop BRI dismissal/demonization.
It’s all about preventing the emergence not only of a “peer competitor,” but worse: a New Silk Road-enabled trade/connectivity condominium – featuring China, Russia, Iran and Turkey – as powerful across the East as the US still remains across the much-troubled “Western Hemisphere.”
That has nothing to do with Chinese neo-imperialism. When in doubt, invoke Kublai Khan.
Source: Asia Times “The myth of a neo-imperial China”
Note: This is Asia Times’ article I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the article’s views.