April 2, 2014

America's Ultimate Geopolitical Nightmare

Greg Lawson, The National Interest

The Associated Press

Russia and China are not natural partners and exchanged blows during the height of the Sino-Soviet split in 1969. In fact, this near conflagration is what allowed Nixon and Kissinger to open the door to China and institute the triangular diplomacy that would, over time, become an important component in the eventual demise of the Soviet Union along with overextension in Afghanistan, cratering oil prices, the rise of Pope John Paul II and Solidarity in Poland, general economic stagnation, and the loss of the arms race to President Reagan. Despite this troublesome history and the not unrealistic prospect that China could pose a long-threat to Russia’s Siberian natural resources, the Bear and the Dragon seem to be finding more and more common ground.

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