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Almost six years ago, President Putin proposed to Germany ‘the creation of a harmonious economic community stretching from Lisbon to Vladivostok.’

This idea represented an immense trade emporium uniting Russia and the EU, or, in Putin’s words, “a unified continental market with a capacity worth trillions of dollars.”

In a nutshell: Eurasia integration.

Washington panicked. The record shows how Putin’s vision – although extremely seductive to German industrialists – was eventually derailed by Washington’s controlled demolition of Ukraine.

Three years ago, in Kazakhstan and then Indonesia, President Xi Jinping expanded on Putin’s vision, proposing One Belt, One Road (OBOR), a.k.a. the New Silk Roads, enhancing the geoeconomic integration of Asia-Pacific via a vast network of highways, high-speed rail, pipelines, ports and fiber-optic cables.

In a nutshell: an even more ambitious version of Eurasia integration, benefiting two-thirds of the world population, economy and trade. The difference is that it now comes with immense financial muscle backing it up, via a Silk Road Fund, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the BRICS’s New Development Bank (NDB), and an all-out commercial offensive all across Eurasia, and the official entry of the yuan in the IMF’s Special Drawing Rights; that is, the christening of the yuan as a key currency worth holding by every single emerging market central bank.

At the recent G20 in Huangzhou, President Xi clearly demonstrated how OBOR is absolutely central to the Chinese vision of how globalization should proceed. Beijing is betting that the overwhelming majority of nations across Eurasia would rather invest in, and profit from, a “win-win” economic development project than be bogged down in a lose-lose strategic game between the US and China.

And that, for the Empire of Chaos, is absolute anathema. How to possibly accept that China is winning the 21st century / New Great Game in Eurasia by building the New Silk Roads?

And don’t forget the Silk Road in Syria

Few in the West have noticed, as reported by RT, that the G20 was preceded by an Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok. Essentially, that was yet another de facto celebration of Eurasia integration, featuring Russia, China, Japan and South Korea.

And that integration plank will soon merge with the Russia-led Eurasia Economic Union – which in itself is a sort of Russian New Silk Road.

All these roads lead to total connectivity. Take for instance cargo trains that are now regularly linking Guangzhou, the key hub in southeast China, to the logistics center in Vorsino industrial park near Kaluga. The trip now takes just two weeks – saving no less than a full month if compared with shipping, and around 80 percent of the cost if compared with air cargo.

That’s yet another New Silk Road-style connection between China and Europe via Russia. Still another, vastly more ambitious, will be the high-speed rail expansion of the Transiberian; the Siberian Silk Road.

Then take the closer integration of China and Kazakhstan – which is also a member of the EEU. The duty-free Trans-Eurasia railway is already in effect, from Chongqing in Sichuan across Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Poland all the way to Duisburg in Germany. Beijing and Astana are developing a joint free trade zone at Horgos. And in parallel, a $135 million China-Mongolia Cross-Border Economic Cooperation Zone started to be built last month.

Kazakhstan is even flirting with the ambitious idea of a Eurasian Canal from the Caspian to the Black Sea and then further on to the Mediterranean. Sooner or later Chinese construction companies will come up with a feasibility study.

A virtually invisible Washington agenda in Syria – inbuilt in the Pentagon obsession to not allow any ceasefire to work, or to prevent the fall of its “moderate rebels” in Aleppo – is to break up yet another New Silk Road hub. China has been commercially connected to Syria since the original Silk Road, which snaked through Palmyra and Damascus. Before the Syrian “Arab Spring”, Syrian businessmen were a vital presence in Yiwu, south of Shanghai, the largest wholesale center for small-sized consumer goods in the world, where they would go to buy all sorts of products in bulk to resell in the Levant.

The “American lake”

Neocon/neoliberalcon Washington is totally paralyzed in terms of formulating a response – or at least a counter-proposal – to Eurasia integration. A few solid IQs at least may understand that China’s “threat” to the US is all about economic might. Take Washington’s deep hostility towards the China-driven AIIB (Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank). Yet no amount of hardcore US lobbying prevented allies such as Germany, Britain, Australia and South Korea from joining in.

Then we had the mad dash to approve TPP – the China-excluding, NATO-on-trade arm of the pivot to Asia that was meant to be the cherry of the mostly flat Obama global economic policy cake. Yet the TPP as it stands is practically dead.

What the current geopolitical juncture spells out is the US Navy willing to go no holds barred to stop China from strategically dominating the Pacific, while TPP is deployed as a weapon to stop China dominating Asia-Pacific economically.

With the pivot to Asia configured as a tool to “deter Chinese aggression”, exceptionalists have graphically demonstrated how they are incapable of admitting the whole game is about post-ideological supply chain geopolitics. The US does not need to contain China; what it needs, badly, is key industrial, financial, commercial connection to crucial nodes across Asia to (re)build its economy.

Those were the days, in March 1949, when MacArthur could gloat,“the Pacific is now an Anglo-Saxon lake”. Even after the end of the Cold War the Pacific was a de facto American lake; the US violated Chinese naval and aerial space at will.

Now instead we have the US Army War College and the whole Think Tankland losing sleep over sophisticated Chinese missiles capable of denying US Navy access to the South China Sea. An American lake? No more.


The heart of the matter is that China has made an outstanding bet on infrastructure building – which translates into first-class connectivity to everyone – as the real global 21st century commons, way more important than “security”. After all a large part of global infrastructure still needs to be built. While China turbo-charges its role as the top global infrastructure exporter – from high-speed rail to low-cost telecom – the “indispensable” nation is stuck with a “pivoting”,perplexed, bloated military obsessed with containment.

Divide and rule those “hostile” rivals

Well, things haven’t changed much since Dr. Zbig “Grand Chessboard” Brzezinski dreaming in the late 1990s of a Chinese fragmentation from within, all the way to Obama’s 2015 National Security Strategy, which is no more than futile rhetorical nostalgia about containing Russia, China and Iran.

Thus the basket of attached myths such as “freedom of navigation” – Washington’s euphemism for perennially controlling the sea lanes that constitute China’s supply chain – as well as an apotheosis of “China aggression” incessantly merging with “Russia aggression”;after all, the Eurasia integration-driven Beijing-Moscow strategic partnership must be severed at all costs.

Why? Because US global hegemony must always be perceived as an irremovable force of nature, like death and taxes (Apple in Ireland excluded).

Twenty-four years after the Pentagon’s Defense Planning Guide, the same mindset prevails; “Our first objective is to prevent the reemergence of a new rival…to prevent any hostile power from dominating a region whose resources would, under consolidated control, be sufficient to generate global power. These regions include Western Europe, East Asia, the territory of the former Soviet Union and southwest Asia”.

Oops. Now even Dr. Zbig “Grand Chessboard” Brzezinski is terrified. How to contain these bloody silky roads with Pentagon “existential threats” China and Russia right at the heart of the action? Divide and Rule – what else?

For a confused Brzezinski, the US should “fashion a policy in which at least one of the two potentially threatening states becomes a partner in the quest for regional and then wider global stability, and thus in containing the least predictable but potentially the most likely rival to overreach. Currently, the more likely to overreach is Russia, but in the longer run it could be China.”

Have a pleasant nightmare.

Pepe Escobar is the author of Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving into Liquid War (Nimble Books, 2007), Red Zone Blues: a snapshot of Baghdad during the surge and Obama does Globalistan (Nimble Books, 2009). His latest book is Empire of Chaos. He may be reached at [email protected].

(Republished from RT by permission of author or representative)
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  1. On the same day that I cringed watching the awful spectacle of bickering “presidential” candidates this timely article spells out what is really happening in more important sectors of the globe. It just amazes me how the US can go from revered status to global pariah in such a short time. Sad, very sad.

  2. You are crediting Brzezinski with too much. George Orwell stated it much better.

    Maintaining the coherence of the EU is the key to Eurasian success. If the EU splinters, the economic dynamism (yes, the next 15 years of low oil prices will allow just that) for Eurasia will die. The Chinese workforce peaked in 2011 – middle income trap has arrived. The EU and far more Russia, also have big demographic problems (the EU has poverty stricken Central Europe to provide a motor; there are no more young women to power the Russian baby boom; neither can import enough immigrants). The growth potential of the EU might just beat the demographics and produce overall relative GDP growth. That definitely won’t happen for Russia to a level that challenges the US, even if prosperity per person rises greatly.

    On the other hand, US demographics and immigration rates suggest a population growth that will guarantee total GDP growth. US productivity is still world class and improving. The EU has shown capability of matching that. Russia and China haven’t. The 5 year plus set back in access to capital that Russia is suffering due to sanctions is going to keep Russian productivity well below its potential. The Silk Roads will increase trade and thus productivity but much more needs to happen before they can terrify Washington.

    The swing state is Shining India, not some Central Asian combination. And for Russia, herding the cats of Iran and Turkey together, however improbable and difficult, would give bigger payoff in terms of prosperous sovereignty (or is that sovereignty thing just anti Americanism?) than being a white knight in the Chinese chess game. Knight sacrifice is quite acceptable.

    Nicholas I tried Eurasia. Didn’t work. Took a century to build the Trans Siberian railway. Can’t see anything has changed. And Xi’s inaugural speech was heavy on Unequal Treaties. The only ones left were the ones with Imperial Russia.

  3. [We have repeatedly emphasized that all commenters must use a single handle, or Anonymous/Anon. Commenters who violate this rule may expect to see all their comments consolidated under one of their handles.]

    Russia is to China as the UK is to the US, at best. This includes a difficult colonial history.

    • Replies: @Joe Wong
  4. We do need to terminate the congress approved ‘most favored nation’ for China. that was the wrong move to satiate the big corporations. Its it high time to end it. (Unless it was already done). We need trump to bring this issue once he becomes president. No more favors to China at the expense of our own countrymen. Congressman/Senators cry about it, and yet they are the culprits of this issue. END MOST FAVORITE NATION FOR CHINA NOW!

  5. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Philip Owen

    Typical Indian view on matters.

    India has too low of an IQ as a country to amount to much of anything. High IQ Indians can make really successfull companies, but that is not enough to drag the country as a whole into prosperity when the average Indian isn’t as smart as an African.

    I doubt with how clumsy Modi is acting that he will be able to avoid war with Pakistan, so I don’t see a shining India.

    Russia is not white knighting for China lol. They are fighting for their very survival. Each needs the other to survive the assault from the west.

    Nice Pseudonym Phillip Owens lol. The problem is that it is actually India that is partnering up with colonial master US while Russia and China are fighting the great evil.

    • Replies: @Rehmat
    , @RadicalCenter
  6. divide and rule my ass, urkaine and the stupid pivot basically married china and russia for life till usa is no longer a super power. the retard actually still thinks wooing one of them is possible after the events of the last couple of years.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  7. @Philip Owen

    “… there are no more young women to power the Russian baby boom; neither can import enough immigrants). “

    In the age of robots, the nations that rely on immigrants to plug the labour gap are deluding themselves into importing more problems than solutions. Oh well, when the robots become self-aware, they’ll take care of us all, no doubt in a cold, logical, robotic way.

    • Replies: @Che Guava
  8. Sam J. says:

    The people who run our country are idiots. Instead of allying with Russia after the cold war the Jews went over there and looted the country and are now trying to regain control to loot it more.

    I’m just some fool on the internet and I and everyone else can readily see that if we were allied with Russia, Europe, Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and at least not have India hostile to us then we could be assured of a peaceful rise of China. After all the best way to avoid a fight is to be so powerful it would be nuts to attempt one. Unfortunately a bunch of Jews and psychopaths (I know I’m being redundant) run the USA and will take nothing but complete subjugation by everyone on the planet. I a US citizen want no part of the Empire.

    We need to deport the Jews they have caused us nothing but misery, destruction, death and financial ruin.

  9. It’s amusing to note Mr. Escobar’s obvious prejudice against all things US, or perhaps simply Anglo. I live in South America where many folks resent the “Yanqui” and believe China will be the Great Savior. Well, on a micro level, the folks in my village have just been given an example of salvation Chinese style. The local grocery was leased to a Chinese group and within a month nearly all the local folks who’d worked there for years were gone: too strict a work schedule. The customers are vanishing as well, annoyed by the new staff’s difficulties with the language and the new cash-only buy-now-pay-now policy.

    The US would do well to retreat from the consumer-driven, greed-centered global trade madness and concentrate on getting its own house in order once again. The rest of the world will learn in time that less truly is more.

  10. Greg Bacon says: • Website

    If ‘OBOR’ becomes a reality, who will the US Navy bully, threaten and harass?

  11. China now has train service from Beijing area to Afghanistan linking to Iran and then to southern Europe. Northern link thru Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus to Europe soon. We have scorched
    earth and massive debt for our efforts.

    • Replies: @NoseytheDuke
  12. Rehmat says:

    Silk Road existed many many centuries ago and has nothing to do with Putin or Xi Jinping . It was created by Chinese empire for trade and military adventures.

    In the late 7th century, Arab Muslim travellers began using the Silk Road to spread Islam while making trade contacts with Indonesian islands, Sri Lanka, China, India, Malayan islands, and many other places. Some of these countries became Muslim majorities without an invasion of Muslim army.

    China is the most that is going to benefit from the revived Silk Road. That’s why it plans to spend $I trillion of this project.

    In February 2016, the first train connecting Iran and China loaded with Chinese goods arrived in Tehran – reviving the ancient Silk Road trade route.

    Before the arrival of Islam in Persia in the 8th century, Persian Jew traders used the Silk Road to control their drug-empire in China.

    Readers have to remember that the Old Testament Book of Esther originated in Persia. It’s based on the story of Benjamin Netanyahu’s favorite Jewish Queen Esther who got 75,000 Persians murdered over 2000 years ago.

  13. Rehmat says:

    If one study Indian history from an objective source – he will come to the conclusion that India is an ARTIFICIAL STATE.

    Both the Israel Lobby and India Lobby have successfully suppressed news to expose Zion-Hindu fascism against Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, low-caste Hindus, and African Jews. They both support each other, especially in case Muslims.

    Arun Nair, an Indian Hindu, in his article “India’s Islam” wrote:

    “My thesis is this: India must boldly assert its claim on Islamic civilization in the subcontinent. That’s the key to end our communal woes. This doesn’t mean that India must become Islamic, or that Indian Muslims must be somehow Hinduized. The idea, instead, is to campaign relentlessly for India’s Islamic civilizational authenticity…..If any single country represents sub-continental Islam, it’s India. Not Pakistan. India’s Mughals, India’s Qutb Minar, Gol Gumaz, and Taj Mahal. India’s Tipu Sultan, Shah Jahan, Akbar, and, why not, Aurangzeb. India’s Urdu. India’s Ghalib and Khusro. India’s Delhi, Lucknow, Mysore, Hyderabad, Malabar, and Agra.”

    Muslims make world’s largest Muslim minority (over 157 million) in India. A Muslim scientist, Dr. A.P.J. Addul Kalam is known as the ‘Father of India’s Nuclear Bomb’. Later he served as President of India.

    Muslim kings ruled Indian sub-continent (present day India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan) for nearly 1,000 years – but are still in minority in India.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  14. @Robert Magill

    Solitudenum facient, pacem appellant. Tacitus

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  15. @ NosytheDuke

    “THE TRUTH is… anything you agree with and …faith makes it all possible”.

    You have your TRUTH! Yeah.

  16. The record shows how Putin’s vision – although extremely seductive to German industrialists – was eventually derailed by Washington’s controlled demolition of Ukraine.

    To a very great extent, all reasonable students of WW2 recognize that it resulted largely from the desire of British imperialists to prevent a linking of Germany and the USSR. It was, as Churchill, stated an unnecessary war and that was a key reason why.

    Nuttin changes, it seems.

  17. Hillary Clinton’s Axis Of Evil – PEPE ESCOBAR

    A vote for Hillary is a vote for nuclear winter.

    • Replies: @Rehmat
  18. Rehmat says:

    The so-called ‘self-hating’ Jewish international lawyer, Barry Grossman, in a recent interview with Iran’s Press TV, claimed: “Voting for Hillary is voting for Israel.”

  19. Che Guava says:
    @The Alarmist

    Humans are, and will always remain, more energy-efficient than robots.

    Capital efficiency is another matter.

    That is entirely reliant on cheap fossil and other fuels, rare materials (lithium for batteries is in short supply, as are many rare earths used in tech.), with no serious efforts at recycling, near-future shortages are certain.

    ‘Fracking’ is a symptom on the energy front. Fossil fuels won’t last forever at the rate of use, in ‘fracking’, we see the first signs of a desperation great enough to ruin aquifers and set off mid-scale earthquakes in places being ‘fracked’, many reliable reports of the quakes from places in both the UK and US where it is proceeding.

    Rise of the robots?

    Don’t think so. US tech companies are in a rush to eliminate more and more types of work, what happens when nobody but lawyers, politicians, cheap academics, and cheap bureaucrats have work?

    Saw a ping-pong playing robot in Oct., it looked like something out of the Terminator world.

    Four legs, linked to an off-court system, looked like a tetrapodal version of a squid.

    The table-tennis paddle below.

    Unfortunately, in the time I could spare to watch, none of the three human challengers was any good at ping pong, so the robot didn’t play at its top level.

    Pretty sure that even at my top level, when playing regularly, would have beaten it, no matter to what level its settings rose.

    Still, an impressive and scary display.

  20. @Rehmat

    Readers have to remember that the Old Testament Book of Esther originated in Persia. It’s based on the story of Benjamin Netanyahu’s favorite Jewish Queen Esther who got 75,000 Persians murdered over 2000 years ago.

    Not true. The 75,000 were members of a rival non-Persian tribe at the multi-ethnic court of the Persian king. Note “Haman the Agagite” not Haman the Persian. The Persian court would not permit Jews wholesale slaughter of Persian in Persia. Also the numbers may be subject to enthusiastically creative Jewish scribes’ inflation.

    Before the arrival of Islam in Persia in the 8th century, Persian Jew traders used the Silk Road to control their drug-empire in China.

    Don’t know about ancient Jewish drug runners or a drug empire in China (sources?) but your posts leaves the impression that Persia minus the Jewish drug lords was the only contribution of Persia to the silk road, which would be bad information.


    [During the Emperor Mehrdad II the Great’s reign] Iran signed the first trade agreement with China, which was under the rule of the Huns. Chang Ki Yen was the head of a 100-man delegation that visited Iran. In his account of his travel to Iran, he gave some very interesting information about life in the Parthian Empire. He wrote about a region located on the shores of the “Western Sea” [Caspian Sea]. He said that the people of the region dedicated their time to farming. They were especially good at cultivating rice. He went to Babol via Sad Darvazeh (The City of One Hundred Gates) and Hamadan. He planned to make a trip by sea between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea, but was prevented from doing so by the Parthian government, which did not want the Chinese to know about Iran’s sea routes. According to the Chinese envoy, there were clever businessmen in Iran who made silk and shining paints. In the year 97 CE another ambassador named Kam Ying was dispatched to Iran by the famous Chinese warrior Pan Chao. Following him, another ambassador came to Iran who wrote, “the Romans intend to enter into silk trade with China via Iran but the Parthians are reluctant to let them do so. They themselves want to be the intermediary in China’s silk business.” During the Parthian era, there were customs offices along Iran’s border with other countries. They registered all goods imported into, or exported from, the country and reported them to special centers.

    Iran, as a country located between China and Europe, played a key role in connecting various cultures and civilizations that existed along the Silk Road. After so many centuries, the road still invites all governments along its course to expand their ties and revive their old culture and civilization.

    • Replies: @Rehmat
  21. @Philip Owen

    A hell of a lot has changed since that TS Railway effort.

    Vastly improved technology for transportation, including improved means of construction and maintenance for roads and rails, and a far more educated, prosperous, unified, and confident China.

    Don’t sell the Chinese Silk Road plan short. Be very afraid. With or without India, China will dominate the world. Germany and the rest of Europe will become more dependent on China for both exports and imports than they are on the USA, a process already underway that will greatly accelerate as the rail and road links are completed.

  22. @Anonymous

    Seems like sound analysis generally.

    China certainly needs Russia and will for the near future at least, that’s true.

    But Russia’s population is hardly growing, and its economy is far less diversified than China’s. Russia’s population is less than one-eighth the size of China’s, as it its Army, and China is modernizing its forces substantially.

    The eastern oblasty of Russia are typically very sparsely populated. Right across the border is an enormous mass of Chinese, younger on average than their Russian neighbors and outnumbering them ten to one. Would Russia go nuclear if China simply moved fifty million troops across the border from the east one day? What else will prevent China from just TAKING Russia’s oil, natural gas, and minerals, or Russia’s wonderfully fertile agricultural land?

    Point is, Russia will come to need China much more than China needs Russia, because China increasingly will be able to rely on intimidation and economic pressure, and if need be, actual force.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  23. @Astuteobservor II

    Sadly, it seems that you’re right. But the USA ought to try and mend its obnoxious warlike ways, stopping our interference in Ukraine and Syria and reaching out to Russia economically, culturally, and militarily.

    The USA and Russia will not be able to withstand either China or Islam alone. We need each other. But the USA under current or recent leadership has shown that the US gov is never to be trusted as a friend or ally. Doesn’t help that “our” US gov is so likely to arm and aid head-chopping islamists in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, etc.

    • Replies: @Astuteobservor II
  24. @Rehmat

    Yes, Silk Road existed long ago. But there’s little comparison with this new Silk Road network.

    The new network of rails and roads will vastly dwarf the old primitive silk road in terms of the volume and value of goods sent along the route, and in terms of the economic and political power the Chinese will gain from it over time.

  25. @Rehmat

    Hard to imagine India being more of a corrupt, low-trust, woman-abusing, impoverished, unintelligent hellhole, but it would be if muslims were the majority.

    You carefully stated that Muslims in India are the largest muslim MINORITY. Presumably this is because you know that Indonesia, Nigeria, and Pakistan each has more muslims than India does.

    For the 100th time, why do you not live in a muslim-majority country? There are, unfortunately, all too many to choose from.

    • Replies: @Rehmat
  26. @NoseytheDuke

    Come on, man, if you’re gonna show off, at least provide a translation. High school Latin is a long time ago 😉

    • Replies: @Anonymous Nephew
  27. @RadicalCenter

    I think it’s “they make a desert, and they call it peace” – he was quoting a British (Scottish) leader, one Calgacus, who strongly objected to Roman imperial policy.

    • Replies: @NoseytheDuke
  28. Rehmat says:

    Rabbi Sack – are you calling the King of Jews, Benjamin Netanyahu, a LIAR?

    Read the link to find out how the bastards carried first Persian Holocaust by murdering 72,000 innocent Persian, men, women an children. In today’s Iranian population it could be over TEN MILLION DIED, stupid.

    “While two Abrahamic religions, Christianity and Islam, are based on forgiveness – the third, Judaism, is based on vengeance,” – Israel Shamir, Israeli Jew converted to Christianity.

    Purim (lot) or lottery used by Haman to choose the date for the massacre of Jews living in Persia – is one of the three most important Jewish religious holidays (the other being Passover and Chnukah). Purim is usually celebrated in the month of March (Adar 15) each year. According to Book of Esther (Magillat in Hebrew)), the Crypto-Jew Queen of Persia, Esther, pleaded to her husband, King Ahasuerus (who did not know that his wife was Jewish), to save Jews living in province of Shushan, who were declared ‘unloyal’ by King’s prime minister Haman. With the blessings from the King, Queen Esther and her adopted father, Mordechai, armed the Jews, who killed Haman and his family and carried out slaughter of over 75,000 Persian (Goyim) civilians. Haman’s entire estate was given to Esther and Mordrchai replaced Haman as country’s new prime minister.

    It is not a coincident that Jewish extremist, Dr. Baruch Goldstein, chose Purim 1994, to murder 40 Muslim worshippers inside Hebron mosque – or Bush ordering the killing of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Muslims and Christians (Goyim) on Purim 2003 (March 18-19, 2003).

    • Replies: @survey-of-disinfo
  29. Rehmat says:

    I hate to pull your skullcap moron – but Muslim could have been in majority if they had carried Hindu Holocaust during their 1,000 year rule.

    Hindus and Jews are birds of the feather – both are sex maniac. They believe G-d created female to serve them as sex-slaves.

    India is known for its largest population (1.1 billion), Bollywood, home to world’s 2nd largest film industry after Hollywood, and of course, the so-called world’s largest democracy. What most people don’t know that India is world’s poorest nation and that a woman is raped every 30 seconds in India. In United States, a woman is raped every 70 seconds.

    India’s rape culture can be found all over Indian society – among ordinary people to high-ranking officials. For example, The Indian Express, reported on June 14, 2013, that wife of an Indian Navy Lt. Commander had accused her husband with forcing her to get “sexually involved” with his senior officers (as a bribe for his promotion, I suppose). She is holder of a MBA degree.

    In November 2012, a 13-year-old “untouchable” girl was gangraped by several individuals in Indian state of Punjab. She remembered the rapists but the local police refused to investigate the incident.

    In December 2012, a 23-year-old para-medical student was gangraped by six people in a moving bus in New Delhi. The girl later died of her injuries.

    Nameste Sharon…..

    • Replies: @anon
  30. Alan says:

    Dont worry. Get over the Fear China factor.

    China’s rise will mean rise of the world with peace and more trade as to China more trade is the desired direction for global growth not war. China seeks a multipolar world .

    War is bad for Business and so if China is to enforce any rule., it would be for peace not war.
    Look at today’s US domination… only deaths and wars are news of the day.

  31. utu says:

    Why US would object to the Silk Road? The New Silk Road will convert whole Russia and Europe into a dense archipelago of Walmart like strip malls and all inhabitants into fat, ugly and lazy Walmart customers (FULWC). Isn’t this what spreading American Democracy and way of life is all about?

    Ultimately it is not about the Silk Road but about the currency and credit institutions that will control it. Are they going to be American or Chinese? Russians and Europeans are going to be turned to fat, ugly and lazy Walmart customers (FULWC) whether under American or Chinese auspices. But once Chinese oligarchy is ready to jump the ship and join the Plutocracy Sans Frontières International and betray the Chinese people it will be a moot point for everybody. Anyway from the point of view of fat, ugly and lazy Walmart customers (FULWC) it really does not matter under which neoliberal regime they are going to live as long as Walmarts’ shelves stay well stocked.

    BTW, we know what will go on silk road trains in the Western direction? But what will go in the Eastern direction? Empty cardboard boxes just like on the ships from Long Beach? The question is important because I want to know if Russians and Europeans will have to continue holding to some jobs.
    I always find it hard to read Pepe. Anybody has similar experience and would care to speculate why is it so.

  32. @Rehmat

    Rabbi Sack

    This is a positive development. We have established something substantial here regarding your claims to being a “Muslim”, and definitively your character, as well.

    “While two Abrahamic religions, Christianity and Islam, are based on forgiveness – the third, Judaism, is based on vengeance,” – Israel Shamir, Israeli Jew converted to Christianity.

    There is no authentic worship of God without a forgiving heart. This has nothing to do with surface matter and tribal particulars. That Israel Shamir couldn’t find love and forgiveness in Torah and the Psalms of David says more about Israel Shamir than the religion of Moses (AS). Quite a few people claim to also find no evidence of the same in the Qur’an.

    Read the link

    I don’t need a link to learn about my own country’s history.

    That the Jews celebrate Purim is their business. (The story doesn’t really reflect well on them, on Esther, or Mordechai, but it is their choice, I suppose).

    Regardless, none of that makes Haman and his tribe “Persians”, as you claim. The Persian Empire was not USA. In fact, among the people who have hosted Jews, Iranians are that unique nation that never needed to resort to their Jewish community for “brains” to run their empire or handle the treasury. And that is the secret of the historic Jewish Persian amity (minus these latter day Jews from Ashkenaz.)

  33. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    You speak like someone who is afraid of Russia and China joining forces to defeat the West and is looking for manufactured reasons to Divide and Conquer.

    Russia and China both need each other. One without the other is not strong enough to fight the west. Combined the west will not be able to defeat the union.

    So then why would China want to go to war with its most important ally? China needs to maintain good relations with Russia to keep the rail lines open to Europe and to secure Russian minerals and energy. And most importantly China needs to support Russia to help fight the west.

    There would be no reason for China to fight a war it probably wouldn’t win anyway.

    Your just playing the divide and conquer game but this time it won’t work lol.

  34. @Anonymous Nephew

    Yes, a variation of the Vietnam era quote, “We had to destroy the village in order to save it”.

  35. denk says:

    China just helped Ethiopia constructed a 750 km railway, trains’d be running at 120 km/hr,
    cutting travelling time from 7 days to under 10 hrs !
    The Ethiopians are ecstatic over this ‘game changer’ for their economy.
    Not only that, China has trained 15k Ethiopian technicians, engineers to handle the maintenance, eventually to be increased to 20k.

    All these at a price of US$ 4billions.
    The Ethiopians had actually sought second opinion from some Russian consultant firms,
    the Russians told them at this budget, nobody except the Chinese could handle this job.
    So China has another satisfied customer, another win-win project.

    When it comes to value for money, nobody can compete with China, least of all the Unitedsnake , whose main exports these days consist of bombs and…… bullshit !

    Johnnie Carson, U.S. assistant secretary for African Affairs,
    * China is a “very aggressive and pernicious economic competitor with no morals.*

    Hey, Johnny boy !
    If the Chinese model is ‘pernicious’, what do you make of the ‘economic hitman’ variety ?

    • Replies: @denk
  36. Max Payne says:

    How to contain these bloody silky roads with Pentagon “existential threats” China and Russia right at the heart of the action?

    Simple. The weaponization of Islam will contain them. The Pentagon will activate jihadists across central Asia in a fashion similar to what they did with ISIL and just bog down the New Silk Road in whatever backwater country/region they run the lines through. It’s the only reason the Pentagon turns a blind eye to the Wahhabism emanating from the KSA.


  37. anon • Disclaimer says:

    Hindus and Jews are birds of the feather – both are sex maniac. They believe G-d created female to serve them as sex-slaves.

    Nice try Ramhole the Takkiyah Troll

    koran sura 4 24
    And (forbidden to you) are married women, except those whom your righthand owns. Such Allah has written for you. Lawful to you beyond all that, is that you can seek using your wealth in marriage and not fornication. So whatever you have enjoyed from them give them their obligated wage. And there is no fault in you in what ever you mutually agree after the obligation. Allah is the Knower, the Wise.

    koran 2 223
    ” Your wives are your tilth; go then unto your tilth as you may desire”

    Of course mohammad married a 6 year old and had sex withe her at age 9. Islamic morals !!!!
    And lets not forget the practice that is so popular in Ramholes homeland Pakistan;. Bacha Bazzi. Grown men having prepubescent boys as sex slaves. Of course the boys wear make up so its all good in the pakistani hood .!!!!!!!!!!

    • Replies: @Rehmat
  38. denk says:

    There aint no way uncle scam can compete with China fair and
    square !

    If you cant beat them, join them, right ?

    Uncle scam
    Not on your life !

    Terror in Mali……

    *International media have now confirmed that at least nine of the 27 killed in the attack were Chinese and Russian. While this alone would indeed be curious, it is the identities and positions of those killed that is particularly striking. The three Chinese victims were important figures in China’s China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC), while the Russians were employees of Russian airline Volga-Dnepr. That it was these individuals who were killed at the very outset of the attack suggests that they were the likely targets of what could perhaps rightly be called a terrorist assassination operation.*

    • Replies: @denk
  39. @RadicalCenter

    Brzezinski probably thinks he won the cold war. what a retard. SU was gonna collapse no matter what because of it’s economic woes.

    islam was, is, will never be a problem. at least for another 50-100 years. we have to thank Brzezinski for the first radicalization of islam :/ a bunch of tribal goat herders with AKs will never present a threat to usa. a few terrorist acts isn’t gonna topple our country. every war we fought in the ME was not for our safety or benefit. it is for another country.

    China? it is simply trying to secure it’s own shipping lanes. we are the assholes who thinks we should control china’s lifeline. it is why it is rebuilding the silk road. china isn’t a poor country where we can bully at will. in 10 years, it’s gdp grew from 2.8T to 10.8Trillion, 2006 to 2016. 10T was our gdp in year 2000. it will probably catch up in 10-20 more years even with our sabotaging. why the hell are we trying to fuck with a country like this? it is no longer 1850, when they were still fighting with swords and spear.

    china and russia wants a seat at the table, not as servants. give it to them. triumphalism has blinded every moron at DC and retards like Brzezinski since 89.

  40. denk says:

    Hey Johnny Carson,

    Can that ‘pernicious, amoral’ China survive the Economic Hitman ???

    • Replies: @denk
  41. Rehmat says:

    First learn to spell the Divine book by its proper name, Zionist filth. It’s Qur’an.

    Second when was the last time you read your holy Talmoodh dude, which according to Israeli scholar, Israel Shahak, is the most hateful and racist religious book in the world.

    Third Jewish Bible (OT) allows you sex maniacs to have sex with a 3-year-old non-Jewish baby.

    Fourth forget your quoted translation of the Suras by Israeli filth MEMRI and learn from Jew scholars who tops in prostitution and sex slavery which still being practiced in Israel inside 280 Jewish brothels in Tel Aviv city.

    In September 2016, American Zionist Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, author of books, Kosher Sex, and Kosher Jesus has teamed-up with former Playboy model Pamela Denise Anderson, 49, and actress to save their tribe from pornographic disease.

    Ironically, on September 2, Rev. Alexander Lucie-Smith, whose churches are world’s largest child abusers, praised Pamela Anderson and the ‘kosher sex rabbi’ at the Catholic Herald for their courage to speak-out against pornography.

    On September 2, 2016, Canadian-born Pamela Anderson (born Joan Goldstein)in an Op-Ed showed her ‘moral values’ by condemning “addictive danger of pornography” by citing the example of former Israel-First Jewish Congressman Anthony Weiner, who still cannot put his Zionist pants down. Last week his wife Huma Abedin, Vice-chairperson of Hillary Clinton campaign demanded a divorce.

    • Replies: @anon
  42. anon • Disclaimer says:

    hey ramhole the takkiya troll.

    rather curious that your examples are pamela anderson and anthony weiner.a couple of minor celebs.

    but my example is of the founder of your religion . mohamid was a sex maniac and pedophile who chronicled his sex adventures with a 6 year old girl. every muslim is commanded to emulate mohamids life. have you emulated his life , ramhole ?

  43. It’s good that the Unz forum is bringing One Belt One Road, or The New Silk Road (OBOR), to the attention of its expanding audience.

    Dr. Flynt Leverett, professor at Pennsylvania State University’s School of International Affairs, and his wife, Hillary Mann Leverett, both of whom were Visiting Scholars at Peking University’s School of International Studies, overviewed the OBOR project in January 2015 on their (sadly, now-inactive) blog,

    Participants at SicSemper Tyrannis discussed One Belt One Road a few months ago

    The question is, why isn’t US MSM paying close attention to this project and informing the American public on its significance, and on how US foreign policy proposes to engage with the project (as well as with the Bridge of the Horns project, located off the coast of Yemen)?

    Why aren’t the candidates offering serious discussion of the OBOR project, as well as of the Bridge of the Horns?

    When US representatives and political candidates talk about “American interests,” why do they find it so hard to be honest with the American people?

    Why do they have to lie?

    Why do American politicians feel compelled to lie to the American people; where did we pick up this nastiest of habits, and who is reinforcing it?

    Almost without exception, every American president in the last century has lied to the American people to involve them in wars. (Most of those same presidents had a record of sexual misbehavior.)

    Was it their sexual peccadilloes that showed disrespect for women, or their lies that showed disrespect for the American people, that impacted the American populace?

    Why don’t America’s political elites trust and respect the American people enough to speak to them honestly about the challenges and opportunities the US encounters, and their proposals for engaging them in a way consistent with authentic American values (not blather about “freedom” and “democracy”).

    Do we want to be citizens of a nation that achieves prosperity by stealing from- and killing- other people, or by competing with and collaborating with all and sundry, on an open, equitable, and honest basis?

    • Replies: @anon
  44. anon • Disclaimer says:

    is china open equitable and honest ?
    their record of crushing internal dissent , flaunting and ignoring international treaties and court judgements , and technology theft tells me they are none of the above.

    why should usa be the subject of these strict standards yet china gets a pass ?

    • Replies: @denk
  45. denk says:

    In Myanmar, Chinese dam projects were scuttled by environment NGO led by none other than Washington’s patsy , Aung san Suki.

    Sudan, a major Chinese oil supplier, was balkanised in 2013.
    ‘civil war’ contines to ravage the seceded South Sudan ,many Chinese managed oil fields have been forced to stop operation.

    In Jul this yr, several Chinese blue helmets were killed in terrorists attack.

    The Murrkan led attack on Libya drove out 40,000 Chinese workers.

    IN Sri Lanka, Washington./Delhi engineered a regime change in Jan 15. Washington’s man in Colombo immediately halted the a major port construction by the Chinese.

    in Bangladesh, Washington/Delhi arm-twisted the govn to ditch its favored Chinese contractor, awarded a port contract to China’s bitter rival Jp instead.

    In Pakistan, many Chinese engineers/workers working on the Gwadar port were slaughtered by the TTP, Pakistan Talisban.

    Mali, Nov 15, several senior executives from Chinese rail and their Russian colleagues were slaughtered in a terrorists attack.

    In Jun this yr, several Chinese blue helmets were killed in another ambush.

    Murkkan special forces have been operating in Mali since 2001, ostensibly fighting such terrorists. Murkkan drones have allegedly been taking out many of their comrades.

    Which begs the BIG question, in the 2015 attack there were dozens of Yanks and Indians staying in the same hotel with the Chinese and Russians.
    Why did those ‘terrorists’ single out the Chinese and Russians while sparing the ‘great satan‘ , ???
    Same question could be asked about Sudan, Pakistan etc …..

    All over the world, Chinese companies have been hemorrhaging monies due to ‘terrorists’ attacks/regime change , Libya alone cost them tens of billions.

    Never mind that Chinese workers/engineers have been dying like flies at the hand of shady jihadists.

    Hey Johnny Carson,
    Do you think somebody has been stalking the Chinese ? 😉

    Ian Fleming’s fundamental law of probability …..
    Once is accident, twice might be coincidence, thrice…..enemy action’ !

    • Replies: @denk
  46. denk says:

    Since 2001, jsoc goons have allegedly been busy sending them Malian jihadists to claim their ‘seven virgins’.

    So in that Nov 2015 hotel attack,
    Why did those ‘terrorists’ studiously ignored dozens of juicy Murkkans cowering right in front of them., but chose to gun down dozens of
    Russians./Chinese in cold blood???

    Same question could be asked about Sudan, and

    Pakistan etc …..
    *An anti-American Islamic fanatic is arrested in Afghanistan, flown to Guantanamo Bay and then released back to Afghan authorities. He’s supposedly seething with anti-Americanism. But after crossing the border and returning to Pakistan, his first mission is to kidnap and kill a Chinese engineer.In doing so, Abdullah Mehsud also becomes the first Pakistani to kill a Chinese citizen on Pakistani soil in a high profile case, creating an unfortunate precedent in the sixty-year long history of close Sino-Pak ties.Mehsud was anti-American. Or was he? We haven’t seen him target any high or low profile American assets since the famous 2004 kidnappings. But he has single handedly done what others failed to do: he effectively scuttled Chinese help in a major Pakistani development project.His sick explanation for this was, “I wanted to embarrass the government of President Pervez Musharraf.*

    From then on, its open season for Chinese in Pak…

    • Replies: @denk
  47. denk says:

    It gets better…

    Pak TTP hunted down a group of Russian/Chinese tourists and gunned them down in cold blood.

    Now get this,
    They claimed its to avenge the killing of Pakistanis civilians by Murkkan drone attacks !

    Points to ponder,
    Was TTP chieftan mohd medshud ,who was released from gitmo and killed Chinese engineers ,a graduate of the CIA ‘catch and release’ program ? [1]

    When ex CIA chief gen Morey recently threatened to kill Russians,
    was he talking retrospectively ???


    • Replies: @denk
  48. denk says:


    The man is lamenting the sorry state of his country.
    Its a family affair.
    WTF has it got to do with China ???

    To illustrate your inanity further,
    Arunathi Roy is an Indian activist who is a fierce critic of the dyfunctional Indian ‘democracy’, [1]
    Would you challenge her, ‘what about Murkka’ ?

    What kind of stupid question is that ??


    • Replies: @anon
  49. denk says:


    Pak TTP hunted down a group of Russian/Chinese tourists and gunned them down in cold blood

    • Replies: @denk
  50. anon • Disclaimer says:

    Hey Denk ,
    I think you are misspelling your name .It should be Dank , as in you have been smoking way to much dank and it is having the unfortunate side effect of you posting half the comments in the thread and unceremoniously responding to all of your own posts yourself. Get a grip man and put down the GG4 for a few days .

    • Replies: @denk
  51. denk says:

    Typical troll antics.

    Hey kid,
    Ad hominem is the last resort of a scoundrel !

    More of your B.S.
    *why should usa be the subject of these strict standards yet china gets a pass ?*

    Dont make my toes laugh sonny,
    Have you been under some rock all these years ?
    Its the USA and its sidekick India which have been getting away with murder [1]
    while China is being held to a higher standard than the world’s ‘oldest democracy’ and ‘largest democracy’. [sic]

    Apparently you are an ardent reader of my posts,
    No thank you ,its strictly for thinking people only !
    go back to your Harry and Potter now.


  52. denk says:

    In a Guardian thread on the Chinese built Ethiopian first modern rail way,

    Some one made a snide remark,
    *its cheap for a reason, we shall see*

    I said,
    *No doubt somebody is already hatching plan to sabotage it*

    Looks like i’m behind the curve, the usual suspects are already hard at work
    in Ethiopia,

    *The US’ chief geostrategic imperative in the 21st century is to stop China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) vision of global infrastructure connectivity via the New Silk Roads.
    This New Silk Road is of prime importance because it finally allows the Chinese-Ethiopian Strategic Partnership to flourish to its fullest multipolar potential, moving past the political realm and into the tangible one of real-sector commercial engagement. Ethiopia’s advantageous location also makes it a convenient midway node in linking the EU and China through OBOR, which also reinforces the strategic significance of the Red Sea and hints at the ulterior motives that the US and GCC have for waging their War on Yemen around the Bab el Mandeb chokepoint.
    China is aware of all of this and foresaw it in advance, which is why its first-ever overseas military base will be in Djibouti. This isn’t just to oversee the Red Sea maritime trade routes on which most of its current bilateral trade with the EU depends, but to also protect its crucial game-changing continental investment in the Djibouti-Addis Ababa railway.
    Curiously, the spike in terrorist activity and the riotous destruction of foreign businesses which preceded the Ethiopian state of emergency uncannily coincides with the recent opening of this route, so it can’t be ruled out that the same Great Power which had an interest in undermining the Eurasian Land Bridge in Ukraine and the Friendship Pipeline in Syria also has a related strategic stake in sabotaging the Ethiopian Silk Road in the Horn of Africa through yet another of its many Hybrid War schemes.-*

  53. Joe Wong says:
    @Philip Owen

    You have a mindset belonging to the past, stalled in the old days of colonialism, and constrained by the zero-sum cold war mentality, a typical retarded and regressive caste system society product.

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