I THINK THE BEAR AND DRAGON JUST GOT ENGAGED
by Jim Quinn, The Burning Platform
What a lovefest this is becoming. I was curious about the history of the relationship between Russia and China in the past. In a nutshell, for the most part they have been fairly copacetic going back to the 1600’s. The Sino Soviet conflict in the 1960’s and 1970’s was essentially an anomaly.
So here they are on the road to becoming BFFs…..and probably for many years; not a stretch to say decades; even including at least a century of growing old together.
They certainly have found their voices. On occasion when the US has acted retarded towards them, Putin and Xi have diplomatically texted our dregs of the crop leadership with: “OMG! STFU! u can b sooo annoyng!”
Please someone correct me if I’m wrong, but there’s NEVER been a partnership on this scale between Russia and China has there?
A 7000-kilometer high-speed rail between Moscow and Beijing??!!
The ongoing ‘isolation’ of Russia took another turn for the un-isolated-er today when, as Bloomberg reports, China will build a 7,000-kilometer (4,350-mile) high-speed rail link from Beijing to Moscow, at a cost of 1.5 trillion yuan ($242 billion), Beijing’s city government said. The rail-link – which will bring travel time between Beijing and Moscow down from 5 days to 30 hours – signals a 10-year partnership between the two nations and follows the dropping of the French company, Alstom, from the project.
As Bloomberg reports,
China will build a 7,000-kilometer (4,350-mile) high-speed rail link from Beijing to Moscow, at a cost of 1.5 trillion yuan ($242 billion), Beijing’s city government said on the social networking site Weibo.
The rail line seeks to facilitate travel across Europe and Asia, Beijing’s municipal government said Jan. 21 in a post on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter. The journey from Beijing to Moscow would take “two days” on a route passing through Kazakhstan, the post said.
The proposed rail line comes as Russia’s economy struggles to recover from the fall in the price of crude oil and as relations with the U.S. and Europe deteriorate over the Ukraine conflict, and as China pushes to market its high-speed rail technology internationally.
The rail line was mooted in November, after Russia and China last year agreed on the largest natural-gas supply deal in history. Alexander Misharin, a first vice-president at state-owned OAO Russian Railways, said in a Nov. 18 interview that the plan would cost $60 billion to reach Russia’s border, and would cut the Beijing-Moscow journey from five days to 30 hours.
The link to Beijing would take eight to 10 years to build, Misharin said in November.
And would enable a new longest rail journey on earth…