Russia is forsaking the West and moving toward China

Russia is forsaking the West and moving toward China, by Bryan MacDonald.

As the West dithers, Russia is moving closer to China, and it increasingly appears the G7 will never be the G8 again. …

Angered by Russia’s reabsorption of Crimea, the other seven members suspended Moscow from the club. And since then, the Kremlin has expressed no urgent desire to return. …

Russia’s three-year-old pivot, away from Europe and toward Beijing, isn’t some Kremlin bluff. Instead, it’s a real process, more visible in the regions than Moscow or St. Petersburg, and heralds the end of a quarter century where the country attempted to integrate into the Western fold. …

Where [is] Russia is headed in the medium to short term? And the answer is fairly clear: as close to China as possible.

When speaking to Russian officials and opinion formers, there is one common theme which always seems to unite them in disdain. And that’s the American consensus where it’s only a matter of time before the current Kremlin system is replaced with one more suited to their interests. This also explains why Western media continuously exaggerate the chances of various opposition figures who profess hostility to Putin. …

Most Western analysts continue to doubt the possibility of a China-Russia alliance. And they usually cite the economic imbalance between the two countries. Which is especially amusing when referenced in the British press. Because the same organs frequently cite the US/UK “special relationship,” without noting how the US economy dwarfs the British by a bigger multiple than Beijing enjoys over Moscow. This theory also misses the point where Russia has resources China desperately needs whereas Britain’s usefulness to Uncle Sam is almost exclusively diplomatic these days.

hat-tip Stephen Neil