Originally Posted by alansmith
Tropical, time will tell how that all plays out with China. But from my own travels to western China I can tell you there is a deep hatred of the Han Chinese by the Muslims. I know that the Chinese have huge aspirations with Africa
and the middle East. The Chinese are much more of long range strategic thinkers then our short term thinkers in gov't here. But there is deep animosity between Muslim nations and the "face" Chinese try to project
. The Chinese can be ruthless when they want something. My wife is Chinese born and raised. She was shocked when I explained to her one day about what China had done in Tibet until I showed her the clips available of Chinese regulars slaughtering thousands of Tibetan monks. It was surreal.
This thread has the potential of being shut down if people don't take control of their fingertips and post in a more civilized manner. My daddy always said..."it ain't what you say, son, it is how you say it that is important." Have you ever seen Ann Cate post anything that was nasty? But yet, she can defend her point or rebut another person's point of view without any doubt what her message is...and without slander or malice. Calm down and post responsibly.
AlanSmith. Your observation of China and their own Chinese Muslims up north is absolutely correct. I did take note when recently China dispatched its largest aircraft carrier to the mid east. There is however a witches brew developing in the Mid East involving unholy alliances between China, Russia
You are absolutely correct when you said that China takes very long term strategic moves. Russia
does the same. And both are very opportunistic.
China for instance has been on a buying
spree around the globe of rare earth minerals and is now moving into energy ownership
. While Russia is fixated on energy it has nurtured a relationship with Iran that goes back decades. Not many people realize, but the heavy water
reactor in Iran was sold to Iran by Russia. Russia has been the hand behind the throne in Iran supplying it with military and nuclear capabilities for a long, long time. At the same time the agent state of China, North Korea
is also in bed
with Iran and this is why a very disturbing unholy alliance has been developing for some time before our eyes.
Russia is making a play for the energy around the Mediterranean
i.e. Syria and if it can Libya, for two reasons. First, its economy is dependent on energy sales for an important part of its GDP with it holding almost a stranglehold on natural gas sales into most of Europe
. Which lead to the second point. This dominance by Russia of gas exports into Europe
is threatened by plans of laying pipes underneath the mediterranean
from the mid east across to Italy
and then from there onto the rest of Europe. This is a strategic energy income
threat to Russia and a direct threat to its stranglehold it has at the moment over Europe.
Russia is dancing with the Iranians believing it will be able to control them and basically carve up the mid east energy reserves together. Now steps in China realizing that there is now a new strategic change going on in this region and it wants in on the action. It has long term energy needs that it wants to protect.
All in all we are witnessing in my opinion a reshaping of the mid east not seen since the time of the British and to a lesser degree French carve up.
So you have dangerous players in alliances that may well use these alliances to push the West out of the mid east resulting in a global balance of power shift the likes we haven't seen since the end of the second world war.
Enough of my musings. It is my view that this whole region of the mediterranean is a very dangerous area for sailors.