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Thursday, May 16, 2024

China's Xi Jinping and Russia's Vladimir Putin on Thursday pledged a "new era" of partnership between the two most powerful rivals of the United States, which they cast as an aggressive Cold War hegemon sowing chaos across the world.



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... Xi greeted Putin on a red carpet outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, where they were hailed by marching People's Liberation Army soldiers, a 21-gun salute on Tiananmen Square and children waving the flags of China and Russia.

China and Russia declared a "no limits" partnership in February 2022 when Putin visited Beijing just days before he sent tens of thousands of troops into Ukraine, triggering the deadliest land war in Europe since World War Two.

Xi, 70, and Putin, 71, signed a joint statement on Thursday about the "new era" that proclaimed opposition to the U.S. on a host of security issues and a shared view on everything from Taiwan and Ukraine to North Korea and cooperation on new peaceful nuclear technologies and finance.

"The China-Russia relationship today is hard-earned, and the two sides need to cherish and nurture it," Xi told Putin.

"China is willing to ... jointly achieve the development and rejuvenation of our respective countries, and work together to uphold fairness and justice in the world."

Russia, waging war against NATO-supplied Ukrainian forces, and China, under pressure from a concerted U.S. effort to counter its growing military and economic strength, increasingly have found common geopolitical cause.

Xi has told Putin the two have the chance to drive changes the world has not seen in a century, which many analysts see as an attempt to challenge a U.S.-led global order. ...

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-05-16 03:29 PM | Reply

We created the conditions that brought this about. Boo Hoo.

In a less confrontational environment these two would still be at odds.

We created our own enemies. By relentlessly pushing at their spheres of power.

It's almost like we wanted this to have a reason for a BIG MILITARY.

#2 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2024-05-16 03:35 PM | Reply | Funny: 3

---- off, Russian stooge. You've been nothing but a pathetic joke since day one.

#3 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2024-05-16 03:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

When your competitors whine about you, it means you are doing something right.

Putin and Xi trust each other about as much far as they could throw each other.

China is squeezing Russia on the price of buying oil, China is competing with Russia in Africa, and Vlad is getting on an economic war footing to defeat a country he thought he would just march into and be done in two weeks.

These are two of the countries who aren't doing so well after Covid blaming the US, who is doing the best of any country in economic recovery, for their problems... this is propaganda for internal use in both countries to try to blame others for their failures.

#4 | Posted by Corky at 2024-05-16 04:13 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

@#4 ... When your competitors whine about you, it means you are doing something right.

Putin and Xi trust each other about as much far as they could throw each other. ...

Plus, Pres Xi is quite concerned that the US is beginning to take notice of China dumping of cheap goods. Those goods are cheap because China's economic policies have resulted in a major over-supply that China's poor economy have China consumers unable to deal with. So China dumps them on the US.

Pres Putin, well, he has an issue with the United Stated (NATO, EU, etc.) helping Ukraine defend itself against Pres Putin's unprovoked invasion of that sovereign country.

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-05-16 04:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

China in Africa is, imo, something worth watching....

Retaining US influence in Africa requires bridge-building with China

... Despite its large population, Africa is a small global player. Its combined economy is less than 3% of the world economy, and Africa's political heterogeneity makes it difficult to stand united on contentious issues such as China's claim over Taiwan or the war in Ukraine.

Although most African countries aren't part of global value chains, external economic challenges and tensions affect them deeply. Africa's most violent period since independence was in the years before the Berlin Wall collapse in 1989. At the time, tensions between the United States (US) and former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) led to intense proxy wars in the Horn of Africa and Angola.

Based on that experience, a new era of competition between the US and China doesn't augur well for the continent.

At its peak, the USSR's economy was only half that of the US, whereas the US and China will be roughly equivalent in the next decade. China is already larger when using purchasing power parity. By 2050, the Chinese economy will be almost 30% bigger.

China is the world's factory, manufacturing cheaper and more than anyone else. It has flooded the world with affordable solar and wind products to fuel the green transition. China is the global trade destination for many and it builds much of Africa's infrastructure.

China and surrounding Asian countries are emerging as the most important source of economic growth globally. According to an in-depth study by The Economist in May 2022, No other country comes near the breadth and depth of China's engagement in Africa.' In contrast, US trade and investment with Africa is declining. If the US wants to maintain its influence on the continent, it should find ways to collaborate rather than compete with China.

The US should use AGOA to boost Africa's exports, not to achieve political objectives

The bill proposed in April by a bipartisan group of senators to renew the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) for another 16 years shows that influential US groups are willing to engage with Africa for the long haul. With its low levels of trade reciprocity, the AGOA trade model is well suited to Africa's needs. The US should use AGOA as a carrot to boost Africa's exports, not a stick for economic coercion to achieve political objectives.

The rise of China in a crowded world means the future will be quite different to previous periods of competition and cohabitation. Many of Africa's ruling elites cast longing eyes towards China's autocratic development model as a means to reduce poverty. ...

#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-05-16 07:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Beijing tightens China-Africa grip as trade rivals US, Russia seek bigger slice

... For the first time, the China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo (CAETE) came to Africa, with Nairobi playing host last week. According to the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China, it is expected to go around the continent, with different countries hosting the forum in the coming years.

The three-day event was a fortnight after the US government and companies pitched a tent in Nairobi for this year's American Chamber of Commerce (Kenya)-AmCHAM Summit. At the US"East Africa forum, America and Kenya renewed trade and investment ties as President Joe Biden's administration moves to strengthen its foreign policies on Africa. ...

#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-05-16 07:52 PM | Reply

Shown in the article: photos of a small Russian man whose --------- are held firmly in a vise...

#8 | Posted by catdog at 2024-05-17 09:32 AM | Reply

I see 2 losers on the World Stage, huddling together because most of the rest of the civilized world (Europe, SE Asia, India, the Americas, Australia, and Japan) consider their countries and their aggressive 'take it over' policies, to be an anethma to civil behavior, relatively civil politics, and relatively civil commerce between nations.

When you have to ally w the likes of Iraq, Iran, sometimes Saudi Arabia, and some African military dictatorships, and call that a 'good thing', your list of friends has grown thin...

#9 | Posted by earthmuse at 2024-05-17 02:21 PM | Reply

China needs the West to save it's economy and prevent uprest.
China needs Russia for cheap oil.
It can't get an equivalent market elsewhere. Oil it can, albeit more expensive oil.
China has already started producing maps of Russia with Chinese names. I expect Russia will be trading land for friendship soon.
Biden would be wise to support the annexation in return for leaving Taiwan alone.

#10 | Posted by northguy3 at 2024-05-17 04:33 PM | Reply

China needs the West to save it's economy and prevent uprest.
China needs Russia for cheap oil.
It can't get an equivalent market elsewhere. Oil it can, albeit more expensive oil.
China has already started producing maps of Russia with Chinese names. I expect Russia will be trading land for friendship soon.
Biden would be wise to support the annexation in return for leaving Taiwan alone.

#11 | Posted by northguy3 at 2024-05-17 04:33 PM | Reply

THIS is telling...

"Putin and Xi no longer have a partnership of equals

Russian and Chinese state media focused heavily on the camaraderie between the two leaders. But in truth, this is no longer a partnership of equals.

Mr Putin came to China cap in hand, eager for Beijing to continue trading with a heavily sanctioned and isolated Russia. His statements were filled with honeyed tones and flattering phrases.

He said that his family were learning Mandarin " this was particularly noteworthy because he very rarely talks about his children in public.

He declared that he and Mr Xi were "as close as brothers" and went on to praise China's economy, saying it was "developing in leaps and bounds, at a fast pace". This will likely play well with Beijing officials worried by a sluggish economy.

But Mr Xi himself did not echo the tone of these lofty compliments. Instead, his remarks were more perfunctory " even bland. Mr Putin, he said, was a "good friend and a good neighbour". For China, the welcome ceremony and show of unity is in its interests, but lavishing its guest with praise is not.

The costly war in Ukraine, which shows no signs of ending, has changed their relationship, exposing the weaknesses in Russia's army and its economy. Mr Xi will know that he is now in charge.

The war has isolated Russia. China's ties with the West may be tense, but Beijing has not cut itself off from the world like Russia, nor does it want to."


#12 | Posted by Corky at 2024-05-17 05:07 PM | Reply


In Charge?

I'm not getting what you mean..

Xi was the host, it's good manners to be effusively polite under the circumstances of the visit. Decorum.

If Xi was in Russia visiting he would be similarly Polite.


So good manners is Weakness?

Got it.

I guess Joe Biden is all powerful..

#13 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2024-05-17 06:47 PM | Reply

Here in Chile where I reside most of the year this cheap Chinese communist crap(CCCC) is ruining our society. This poorly made stuff is brought in bulk into Chile and is actually a front for their organized criminals to money launder drug money. They vend this garbage out of giant stores to immigrants who sale it on the streets in front of legitimate establishments that have to pay taxes and rent. Many of these Chilean business cannot compete and go out of business as these people pay no taxes what so ever. Most of these spots on the streets are controlled by gangs from Venezuela and Colombia that extort their fellow migrants that sale this crap with violence and drive off locals and other that refuse to pay them. At the end of the day they leave large piles of garbage for the local governments to clean up. Each day this is repeated and so it goes on and on. No taxes paid, extortion and crime thrives in these locales and people are afraid to even go out the front door of their homes or apartments with hundreds of "ambulantes" as they call them sitting in front on their sidewalks. Some streets have literally hundreds of these blue shade covered plastic tarps on them and cars cannot even go up them anymore. This goes on in the metros as well and people can hardly exit or enter the trains without getting mugged or kidnapped. All so the lousy rotten Chinese can peddle their crap and laundry their drug sales.

#14 | Posted by Wildman62 at 2024-05-17 08:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

- I'm not getting what you mean..

Least surprising post o' the day.

#15 | Posted by Corky at 2024-05-17 09:33 PM | Reply

In Charge?

I'm not getting what you mean..

China's GDP was 17.5 trillion in 2023 compared to Russia's 5 trillion.

Most of Russia's GDP is geared around the war. They contribute nothing globally, except black market crude, which they have to buy back to put into the war effort.

Russia could get wiped out, and the world wouldn't care. Wiping out China would be a disaster. Xi is in charge, and Putin would have to stop the war if Xi told him to.

Putin is Xi's bitch.

#16 | Posted by horstngraben at 2024-05-17 09:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Now do Israel. Is Israel America's Bitch?

Or vice versa.

#17 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2024-05-17 10:00 PM | Reply

Putin is Xi's bitch.


You don't understand what Xi hugging Putin meant.

Its rare in my culture. It's very significant.

Russia could get wiped out, and the world wouldn't care
- horsetalkswithoutknowlege.

Natural resources geology expert.

#18 | Posted by oneironaut at 2024-05-17 10:23 PM | Reply

We'll see if anything changes after the PDA.

Natural resources geology expert.

All Russia is doing right now with natural resources is trading with China for military equipment that it can't buy on the open market. And it's not even the good stuff like NATO countries are sending into Ukraine.

That and selling to refineries on the cheap just to buy back as refined fuel at market prices for the war.

Seriously, Putin could fall, and the global economic needle wouldn't budge.

#19 | Posted by horstngraben at 2024-05-17 10:44 PM | Reply

China Humiliates Russia

#20 | Posted by Corky at 2024-05-17 11:45 PM | Reply

All Russia is doing right now with natural resources is trading with China

Then why is Biden not allowing Ukraine to attack their oil refineries?

You're out of ideas.

Russia trades as it has since before the war.

#21 | Posted by oneironaut at 2024-05-18 12:57 AM | Reply

China Humiliates Russia

This channel is like the Trump channel against Biden.

You're a hack, you google something then post it.

What else you got?

#22 | Posted by oneironaut at 2024-05-18 12:58 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

IAMRUNT, Ukraine is bombing the ---- out of orc refineries.

#23 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2024-05-18 01:04 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

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