Thursday, October 13, 2005

Russia, China To Stage War Games

Russia and China are planning a big military show consisting of eight days of exercises. The show is being called Peace Mission 2005. This Bill Gertz article describes the venture quite well.

"For the Chinese and the Russians, this is a message to the United
States," one U.S. official said. "They want to see our bases in Central Asia and
presence in Asia cut back."

This has somewhat of a cold war feel to it plus the addition of China to the exercises.

Ol' BC can't help but wonder if the respective economies of Russia and China have progressed to the point where they can now feed and clothe their people. The last report I saw on Russia was pretty depressing. I personally know a few people who have been there and food has always been mentioned as in short supply. I don't know what it costs to run air and sea practice missions, but it can't be cheap.

Just a thought.


At 2:25 PM, Anonymous Baron said...

I don't know why they are doing this, but it can't be good for our prospects of defending Taiwan. If Russia is on board with China, China can walk into Taiwan, and I don't think there will be much we can do about it.

On the bright side, maybe Russia can talk some sense into the Chinese. Except for a few hiccups, Russia's economy has been progressing nicely. Of course, food is a bit scarce, but they were starting from practically zero. In the long run, their economy will be alright if they keep taxes as low as they have been. They are among the least taxed people in the world.


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