Today news broke that the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China have signed a $400 billion gas deal. The gas will flow from Russia to China through a Gazprom pipeline built in Siberia. This deal is a clear sign that the Kremlin doesn't give a damn about sanctions from the western nations over the Ukraine crisis. The Russian Federation is looking to China. China and Russia, both countries that would love nothing more than to see the United States of America and her allies suffer.
NATO reports that Russia has not yet withdrawn any troops from their border with Ukraine, despite a vow from Vladimir Putin to pull the army out of the region. China has been accused of cyber-spying on US companies. As well, China is drilling an oil rig in Vietnamese waters in the South China Sea. Both nations have also vetoed dozens of major western initiatives in the UN Security Council.
Even when the USSR was born, and when Russia was communist, the Russians were in the allied forces and they crushed the Japanese and they crushed Hitler. The Russians and the Chinese were back-to-back, they were stuck like glue. They're a team.
Of course, there were always some setbacks and struggles and some fighting. All countries have fought wars. All countries have had spats with their neighbors. And in the late 60's, the Russians and the Chinese distrusted each other and the governments sent troops to the borders. In the late 80's, relations thawed under Gorbachev's government. The relationship has been relatively calm ever since.
The Ukraine Crisis has seen the Chinese relationship with Putin only strengthen. Putin says he'll pull back troops. He's said it multiple times, and there hasn't been any withdrawal activity. The Chinese are gobbling the lies of the Kremlin. The Chinese are hooking up with a country that will likely be cut off from the world very soon. The PRC is making a humongous error in judgment if they think that they can trust the USSR-lite. Anyone who trusts Putin, anyone who stands shoulder-to-shoulder with this power-hungry maniac, they deserve the very painful consequences that will come with such an alliance.
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Matthew Frank Kot was born and raised here in Sault Ste Marie. He first starting writing articles for Soonews.ca in early 2008, becoming the city's youngest columnist and journalist. He then went on to write for Local2, and for a short time had his "MATTer of Opinion" column on SaultOnline.com. Matthew was very involved in the 2010 and 2014 Municipal Elections and wrote several opinion pieces about important issues. In 2011, Matthew started Sault Transit Reform and has continued advocating for a better transit system since then.