Friday, October 1, 2010
Russia plays king maker..
President Medvedev of Russia was in Beijing on September 25, 2010 to celebrate completion of an oil pipeline from Russian Siberia to China. This event gives China diversification of energy supplies away from sea routes that the United States controls , and pipe lines from Central Asia that are tenuous.
This also gives Russia leverage in dealing with Western Europe as Russia now has another market, to sell it's energy resources to and which Western Europe is dependent.
I believe that Russia's current ruling elite ultimate goal though is integration with Western Europe and creating a common European space minus NATO, which was the French leader De Gaulles vision many years ago.
These are all long term goals Medvedev will meet with French and German leadership in the next few days to discuss just such things.
In my opinion the key pivot in all this is China, if the US can diminish Chinese buying power, then the US can again gain momentum on the global stage if not power will continue to slip from the US as new global alliances continue to take shape.