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The beginning of a new Cold War: Putin’s Beijing visit

Vladimir Putin and Hu Jintao

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has reiterated recently that the US attaches great importance to its relations with China, and its plan to increase its navy presence in the Pacific is not directed at Beijing.

Beijing says it welcomes a US return to the Asia-Pacific region, but has stepped up its military buildup as soon as the US announced its new strategy. In a hurry, it began a test of its aircraft carrier, completed construction of two more 20,000-ton landing platform docks, put its own GPS system into operation and tested the second prototype of its fifth-generation J20 aircraft.

The US held a large-scale military drill with its allies in the Pacific, allegedly not directed at China. China in turn held a large-scale navy drill with Russia in the Pacific, allegedly not directed at the US.

China had lots of interests in Libya, but did not hinder Western military intervention there. China had to withdraw 50,000 citizens from Libya, and suffered great economic loss. However, it did not complain until the US announced its new strategy.

Since then, China has reversed its position, and has begun to support Russia in blocking Western military intervention in Syria, even though China has little interest there. Russia is so pleased that it wants closer partnership with China.

Now, Russian President Vladimir Putin is visiting China to seek much closer partnership in economy, trade, energy, culture and technology. In his meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao, they signed a joint declaration for further development of the two countries’ strategic partnership. The two presidents also pledged to intensify military exchanges, strengthen co-ordination in the Asia-Pacific and cooperate in investments.

After their meeting, the two presidents attended the signing of 11 cooperation documents, including cooperation between the two countries in building nuclear power plants in Juangsu, and the establishment of a US$4 billion joint investment fund.

Putin has brought with him a host of Russian ministers and most major business executives. The two countries will carry out lengthy intensive discussions to enhance cooperation. This seems to be a second honeymoon between the two countries, after their first honeymoon when China pleased Stalin by sending troops into Korea in the 1950s.

With China and Russia as the centres, the six-country Shanghai Cooperative Organisation will adopt its first comprehensive plan – to expand the bloc from focusing on security co-operations to being an economic and geopolitical alliance. Moreover, it plans to enlarge the alliance. It has already taken in Iran and another three countries as observer states, and now plans to take in Afghanistan as an observer state, and Turkey as a dialogue partner during this summit meeting.

Before leaving for China, Putin published an article in China’s People’s Daily, stressing that Sino-Russian cooperation was not directed at any third Party, but pointing out that without Chinese and Russian involvement, no international issue can be discussed or enacted.

Putin has announced his ambitious plan to build a powerful navy, while China is also vigorously, but silently, building up its navy. The US, though lacking money, plans to increase the proportion of its navy in the Pacific.

The arms race has already begun, and the mutual blocking is actively under way! The US cannot do what it wants in Syria without Chinese and Russian involvement, while China cannot smoothly settle its South China Sea disputes due to US support to the other parties.

It seems a new Cold War has already begun.


About chankaiyee2

Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee


11 thoughts on “The beginning of a new Cold War: Putin’s Beijing visit

  1. Great article, thanks for giving us this important info.


    Posted by sickunclesam | June 8, 2012, 10:09 am
  2. I believe China does not want cold war with anyone, It is US planning Cold War against China – AirSea …


    Posted by rightways | June 9, 2012, 5:00 pm


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