Russian and Chinese militaries met in the last few weeks in the Pacific to conduct the largest joint training exercises in the history of the two nations. While floating in the Sea of Japan, Russian and Chinese men and machines worked together to show the world their commitment to one another, as well as their combined military might.
As reported by The Free Beacon, “22 warships, submarines, and other vessels took part in the exercises, accompanied by 20 aircraft and over 500 marines. This recent show of strength is not unique, however, and was named Joint Sea II after the successful Joint Sea I co-operation that took place in April. Joint Sea I was a similar combined effort that took place on the other side of the globe, the Mediterranean Sea, where Russia has flexed its military muscles in recent years and where China is considering lending Greece a hand with that country’s poor economic situation.
Despite the historic nature of the recent joint exercises, “The Chinese state-controlled media agency Xinhua downplayed any suggestion that the exercise was designed to make a political point, claiming it “was not targeted to any third party.”
Ha. Tell that to Taiwan and Japan.
“A different interpretation of growing Russian-Chinese military cooperation was provided late last year by Sergei Shoigu, Russia’s defense minister, who said, “We believe the main goal of pooling our efforts is to shape a regional security system.”
“That sentiment represents a major shift since the Soviet era, when Russia routinely trained to attack Chinese forces, including with tactical nuclear weapons.”
“Enhanced military cooperation is also an extension of bilateral cooperation between the two major powers that has reached new levels over the past year. A 30-year, $400 billion energy deal was signed in 2014 for Russia to provide China oil and gas through a major pipeline to be developed jointly.
In May, Russia and China secured a new cooperative agreement on cyber security issues, which included a pledge that neither side would conduct cyber attacks against the other.”
That’s ok. They’re busy conducting them against the U.S.
Apparently Russian and Chinese military forces are cooperating better than at any time in recent history while these two economic giants are shaking hands over new energy deals. And that would be great for us — and for the security of the world — if they were only willing to do the same with the U.S. While they mutually commit to cyber peace, they attack the United State more than ever. While Russian aggression increases and China wrestles with the free market on its way to becoming an economic juggernaut, President Obama is visiting Alaska to dramatize the threats of climate change.
Because of our reduced ability to project power beyond the seas (and frankly, given how we are reducing our Navy, there’s not much power ON the seas) we are witnessing, in this day and age a power vacuum over the Pacific Ocean and across the planet. The course of history is littered with nations that should have acted boldly but choose instead to limit themselves. This is yet another example of what happens as a result of Obama’s foreign policy weakness.
[Note: This article was written by Austin Cantrell]