Planned & Concerted: Russia being herded into the Loving Arms of China
Hunting was a need, and a tradition. Community feasts, or the need to entertain and feed the army troops on the move to attack the neighboring countries, necessitated mass hunting frenzies. The tactic was to deploy an army of people – the herders, and their hunting dogs in a large circle enclosing the hunting ground – leaving a narrow gap open in the circle where the hunters would be standing ready to do the killing. The herders’ task was to make a lot of noise and clamor as they marched inward beating their drums. The objective was to create a state of chaos and confusion among the hunted animals, and, thus, force them to move in droves towards the only escape point – the open gap in the circle, where the the hunter’s spears would be waiting to great them.
It seems like the hunting season, The Bear hunting. The Russian Bear is being directed into the waiting arms of the Chinese Dragon. And, the agents of the Powers in the West are doing the task of herding the Bear towards the Dragon.
The undiplomatic treatment, rather harassment, of President Putin by the British, Canadian, and Australian leaders – and also by a sullen faced Obama, during the recent G 20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, is another example of the West’s drive to push Russia into the waiting-loving arms of China.
It was very much like a juvenile delinquents gang attack – pathetic and in bad taste. Especially in view of the fact that the G20, which is an economic forum of the world’s 20 largest advanced and emerging economies, was not the proper venue for launching such a personal attack on the head of a prominent member country. But, it was more than just another show of West’s rude and crude arrogance, it was a well planned and concerted act to make Putin feel bad, and to get him and the Russian public disgusted with the western arrogance and hubris.
In particular, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s disgraceful role in insulting a distinguished guest was a new in the diplomatic norms – he was the summit’s host. He had publicly proclaimed during a business meeting in October that he would “shirtfront” Putin — the term for a rough ‘takedown’ in Australian football. Indeed, a great show of diplomacy, statesmanship, and mannerism – the Australian way.
When Putin approached Harper and stuck out his hand, in full view of cameras, after holding back for more than a few seconds, Harper responded, “Well, I guess I’ll shake your hand, but I only have one thing to say to you: you need to get out of Ukraine.” To which Putin responded, “That I cannot, because we are not there.”
Obama didn’t want to be left behind. He also pitched in, “We’re also very firm on the need to uphold core international principles, and one of those principles is you don’t invade other countries or finance proxies and support them in ways that break up a country that has mechanisms for democratic elections”. – And, that too after the Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Yugoslavia, Panama, Grenada, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Korea, Philippines, and a long list of the victims of West’s atrocious invasions.
David Cameron did butt in, stating that Russia is behaving like Nazi Germany in Ukraine, and warned him of the serious consequences and more sanctions.
The net effect of all that concerted Western attack on Putin was that while the Russia was pushed even closer to the BRICS and other FREE member nations of the G 20 club, in particular, to China, it further helped solidify the support for him in Russia. Even his opponents in Russia lined up in support of Putin, “Beyond Russia, President Putin is the symbol of Russia, and any insult inflicted upon him is insult to all the Russian people.”
During his short stay in Brisbane, Putin found solace in the company of Chinese and other non-western leaders. All this drama was being closely watched by the Russians back home. Putin decided to leave the summit early, ignoring the official Day 2 lunch, following his meeting with Cameron and another strained encounter with French President Francois Hollande.
While Putin was targeted for the insult, humiliation and isolation by the West, Chinese President Xi Jinping was invited to deliver a speech at the Federal Parliament of Australia in Canberra, capital of Australia. He was given a standing ovation there – The contrast was not lost on Putin, or on Russians.
Russians always had a reservation, transformed in recent years into, sort of, jealousy. China is a success story – the one of a kind story. Even though still lagging behind the West and Russia in high tech, but catching up fast. It is the world leader in industry and manufacturing, a fast emerging superpower in the real sense. Chinese have made heavy investment in almost every sector of the Russian economy. In the eastern parts of Russia, they are the number one employer and provider of the services and goods. Chinese produce and goods keep the shelves of the stores full. Russians, though appreciated the Chinese help and investment in their economy and infrastructure, were still looking to fined their roots in the West. In the hearts of most of the Russians, Russia was part of Europe.
Russians’ European dream got hammered by the Ukraine disaster and the following spate of Western sanctions on Russia and on Russians. Russians woke up to the reality; they would never be the part of Europe, unless they surrender their freedom. They saw that their country was being cornered and targeted for ruin and destruction.
Until the Ukraine fiasco and the following sanctions on Russia, Putin had been very reluctant to turn Russia completely Eastward. Even though China and Russia were coming closer and forming alliances, thanks to the ongoing Western policies towards Russia, Putin still wanted Russia to remain aligned with Europe. Russian businesses were still keeping their billions in the US dollars and in EU € denominations.
When the West imposed the sanctions on Russia, it forced Moscow to move eastwards – an obvious response, that certainly should have been expected and anticipated by the West. It was a jolt to Russia, which until then was quite reluctant to become fully dependent upon China for the sale of its energy resources. Not only Russia was forced to open its gas reserve to China, but it also agreed to supply China with its most sophisticated military technology, including the formidable improved S-400 air defense system. Russia was reluctant to do so in the past given Chinese efforts to reverse-engineer Russian systems, but the western sanctions changed all that.
President Putin and the Russian public both now recognize that their future is connected with the Asian partners, and, in particular, with China. Russia is now Asia.
Russian businesses have already pulled out their deposits from the western banking system, and have them transferred to the banks in Hong Kong, converting their deposits into HK dollars. Now, they are working to pull out from the western stock exchanges.
Right upon Putin’s return to Moscow from the humiliation in Brisbane, Russian blue chip companies started announcing their intentions to pull out of the European Stock Exchanges and list their respective securities on the Hong Kong and Shanghai Stock Exchanges. The Russia Insider reports:
It seems that the West have finally succeeded – The Russian Bear has finally been delivered to the Chinese Dragon.
Apparently, China has been chosen to be the new King – rather Emperor. This scenario explains the systematic demolition of the western economies, values of freedom and democracy, and the dismantling of the industrial and manufacturing base – The magnet that used to attract the brains from all over the world. Now, the Mecca is China – with its dozens of newly constructed, still vacant but fully maintained cities waiting for the influx of brains from all parts of the globe, they won’t be waiting long.
If that is the case, and all the pointer are pointing in that direction, then we should be ready for more berserk actions and lunatic behavior emanating from the Western governments, leading to more turmoils, disruptions, and chaos in the Western hemisphere. It is already resembling a grand comic opera of epic proportions, on course to become the laughing stock of the entire world.
We may be approaching the Last Act of the Grand Opera.