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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote franciscosan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Oct 2018 at 20:24
Some pundits think he is on track for a second term.  From looking at much of the media, it would be hard to believe that, but mainstream media is pretty biased, tells people what media thinks they should hear, and tell people what they believe people (of like mind) want to hear.  The media belief that those voted for him were country bumpkins and rubes of Russian propaganda is terribly insulting.  It assumes that people didn't know what they were doing, giving a giant middle finger to the establishment.  And if the establishment has not learned its lesson, then they may try to repeat the experiment to drive the point home.  Of course, the idea that anyone else could be elected depends on the democrats getting their act together, something that they don't seem to be doing playing identity politics games.
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China is spreading it's financial interests throughout the Pacific and in Africa.

There seems to be a thought that the strategy is to wait until such times as these countries cannot repay the loans to Russia, providing Russia with the opportunity to demand concessions from the countries, namely establishment of Military bases and other infrastructure permitting China to exert more and more power in the particular area.

China is also playing footsy with Russia, joining in joint military exercises.

Consider this alongside the false and outrageous claims in relation to the South China sea, and the militarisation of that area.

The US and it's allies need to take steps to negate the Chinese influence by exerting their own influence in both the Pacific and in the China Sea.

The longer that China is permitted to continue on this course, domination of the sea trade routes will become a fait accompli.
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I would venture to guess that the US and it's allies _are_ taking steps.  Now maybe they need to 'step' it up a notch, but I severely doubt that nothing is being done.

China and Russia have historical rivalries.  I can see them getting along in the short term, or superficially.  But ultimately not long term, or in depth.
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