Sino-Russian Relations Are... Inscrutable


John Strausbaugh

New York Press

Today’s lead article in the English-language, one of my favorite online news sources, inexplicably (at first) reaches back to last April 1’s downing of that US EP-3 reconnaissance aircraft by Chinese jets. Remember that? Andrei Devyatov does.

“April 1 (!) an important event took place: Americans disgraces themselves before the Chinese,” Devyatov (translated by Vera Solovieva) declares. He goes on, in typically gnarly, “...US military with ‘human face’ was disgraced and again demonstrated to the world its incapacity for a feat. Being afraid of the prospect ‘to take a bath’ in the warm sea waters, the crew did not drown the aircraft and even did not annihilate technical carriers of ‘military and state secrets’, while the Americans had about themselves not only special instructions for such cases but also certain means for annihilation secret equipment blocks of reconnaissance, navigation and communication, and besides they most likely remembered the well known film about James Bond, where he heroically rescues an encryption device from a sunken ship... Probably, ‘cruel grin’ of an Asian face well seen from the US aircraft cockpit influenced the crew’s spirits even without arm and made the pilots to change the course...”

The article bumbles along like that at some length, and for a while to no evident purpose. It’s only well into the piece that Devyatov gets to his point. I think.

“And what about Russia? April 6, activists of Union of Right Forces carried an action in Moscow under the slogan ‘For Army with Human Face.’ Against the background of the incident, it becomes obvious such an army cannot bravely attack superior forces of the enemy and all the more suppress the enemy’s will with own resoluteness. While the Russian Army’s power has always been that spirit of unprotected Russian plains’ inhabitants.

“Technology and military and technical advantage of the US is doubtless, its adroit manipulating with force vectors in Afghanistan as well, while a victory is always a result of human qualities: of the commander’s will inspiring the army to a feat. In the US, ratable values catalysed into stocks of high technology and software companies prevail over real human values.

“In such economical situation, the Bush administration decided to demonstrate again military menace to the whole world, packed in control-of-mind technologies (the NMD) or in real using of arm (Afghanistan, Palestine, Pakistan, Iraq). This was why, the Bush administration decided to increase its military expenses. Money must be spent first of all for the NMD, in other words for the real sector of military production swallowing up the internal inflation. Militarily, NMD must be developed against Chinese missiles, while China opposes the US plans with almost Russian or European rhetoric (disturbance of nuclear balance and so on). As a matter of fact, China’s protest covers the fact that after the US dollar fails as world currency, it will be replaced by the Chinese yuan in Pacific region, while NMD must strengthen the US currency...

“In conclusion, it should be noticed, that the so-called ‘conflict of civilizations’, of the united West and the terrorism with Islamic face, plaid by the US, is understood by the powers that be only as a screen for the really maturing conflict between the West and Chinese growing might.”

That clear?

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