‘RUSSIA-CHINA ALLIANCE UPDATE’
The Russia China Alliance Deepens as Putin Embarks on Official State Visit
FTMDaily.com – Russian President Vladimir Putin is in China this week as the two countries work to solidify and boost their existing alliance amid deteriorating relations with the West.
Currently, Russia depends on the West for approximately 80% of its energy sales. But with Europe (Russia’s largest gas export partner) recoiling from Russia over the Ukraine crisis, and amid Western-imposed asset freezes and visa bans on dozens of Russian officials and several companies, Putin is hoping to increase trading relations with Asia.
$400 Billion Russia-China Gas Deal Near. At the top of Putin’s agenda this week: To announce major new 30-year gas contract for Russia’s state-owned gas company, Gazprom, to begin supplying China with 38 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year by 2018. The deal, which is worth an estimated $400 billion, will require the construction of a new Russia-China pipeline set to begin by the end of this year.
The major gas export deal between the two countries, which has yet to be signed, has been in the “works” for over a decade. The deal is reportedly days away from being announced.
The U.S. Treasury department has directly requested that China halt negotiations with Russia out of respect for Western sanctions. However, China’s growing thirst for energy supplies will likely trump any goodwill it may show towards Western interests in the region.
Russia-China Financial Cooperation Tightens. In addition to the highly anticipated gas deal, the two countries are pushing hard towards increased financial integration. Yesterday, Russia’s VTB Bank and Bank of China signed an Agreement on Cooperation in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
According to a VTB Bank press release:
“Under the agreement, the banks plan to develop their partnership in a number of areas, including cooperation on ruble and renminbi settlements, investment banking, inter-bank lending, trade finance and capital-markets transactions.”
This new agreement will make both countries less dependent upon the U.S. dollar for their current trade and will set the stage for more financial and banking integration.
While the U.S. is busy alienating its allies and making new enemies through its intrusive global surveillance state, Russia and China are joining hands. A strong Russia-China alliance is one of the only ways to stifle, and potentially ruin, the West’s long-time “divide and conquer” strategy in the Middle East, and its plans for further exploitation of the immense natural resources of Central Asia.
Don’t expect the U.S. to celebrate the growing integration between Russia and China as the U.S. dollar will be the primary casualty of this growing alliance. Washington has a long track record of using its massive military power to halt any and all threats to global dollar demand.
Put simply, war between the West and Russia/China is on the horizon. While the purpose of the conflict will ultimately be to protect the dollar’s role in the international economy, it will be promoted under a different banner (i.e. Bringing regional democracy, etc.)
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