Modern Western foreign policy is the art of theatrical amnesia

NATO leaders are shocked – shocked! – to discover that Russia has grown closer to China.
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10 Responses to Modern Western foreign policy is the art of theatrical amnesia

  1. Petros says:

    John Mearsheimer predicted the disaster for the Ukraine in 2014. Link.

  2. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Remember Damansky Island…

  3. Chris M says:

    Communist countries have always been close.

    Pootin real desperate or plain stupid if thinking China will be any sort of friend or ally, it’s 100% convenience of the moment, a geo-political one-night-stand if you like.

  4. Jannie says:

    Modern Western Foreign policy is absent. In the future historians will marvel at the idiocy of the collective West, or the Committee that runs it since the fall of the Soviet Union. The “West” have been trying to suck up to Communist China to make its consumer junk, and capital and technology transfers have made China the workshop of the world and a growing financial power. Meanwhile China has made clear they hate the West and are seeking global dominance, and are pretty much ahead of schedule.

    So the “West” drives Russia into the arms of the Chinese, probably for multiple generations. Because Russia is bad, something to do with not being LGBTQ compliant.

    Its been said before, there are no grown ups in charge in the “West”.

  5. Boambee John says:

    Chris M says:
    27 June, 2022 at 4:37 pm
    Communist countries have always been close.

    Pootin real desperate or plain stupid if thinking China will be any sort of friend or ally, it’s 100% convenience of the moment, a geo-political one-night-stand if you like.

    In 1969, China and the Soviet Union were exchanging fire across the Ussuri River in the north-east of Manchuria. How long before China decides it is time ti “negotiate” the return of territory lost in “unequal treaties” with Tsarist Russia? And will Putin be able to resist their blandishments (and fairly overt threats)?

  6. Morsie says:

    China doesn’t need a war with Russia.It is already leasing millions of hectares that the Russians can’t use.
    They simply won’t give it back

  7. Passing By says:

    Interesting that the outspoken pro Russia adviser to Xi has completely dropped out of the running for foreign minister and now has a second tier gig in a low status agency.

  8. Jannie says:

    How long before China decides it is time ti “negotiate” the return of territory lost in “unequal treaties” with Tsarist Russia?

    Good point Boambee, the alliance between Russia and China is not a natural fit and does have long term downsides, especially for Russia. Putin actually addressed that a few years ago. He noted that there were parallels between Russia turning to China circa 2015, and Russia turning to Germany in 1939. The main reason Russia/USSR/Stalin made a deal with Germany was because they could not make a deal with the West, and moreover the West was unreliable and untrustable. Its well understood that turning to Germany was a folly for Russia, but at this point Putin doesn’t have any choice but to ally with China. Even if it looks like Russia will be a quarry/farm for the Chinese superpower its a better outcome that what the American Neos would want to inflict on Russia.

  9. Chris M says:

    Can anyone here tell me if Russian cities like Moscow have vast numbers of Chinese and Indian ‘students’? Just curious.

  10. Lee says:

    NATO leaders obviously don’t understand the concept of cause and effect.

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