A Perfect Storm is Forming Against the West |   Part One

 

 

By Sigrid Weidenweber

The old Communist enemies, Russia and China, are friends again. I was a child at the time when such an alliance was formed for the first time and remember it well. We should watch this new development with great caution and dread.

On February 1, 1950, I was nine-years-old, the Sino-Soviet Treaty of Alliance and Mutual Assistance and Friendship was signed. At that time China was destitute. The long war had depleted the few resources that the already poor country could muster. Therefore, Mao came as a beggar to the mighty Soviet Union that was flush with the plunder extracted from East-Germany, Poland, Hungary, Rumania and Czechoslovakia. Stalin made Mao linger in a dacha outside Moscow for a few weeks, to establish who was benefiting whom with this treaty.

The pact assured the privileges of Moscow in Xinjiang and Manchuria, while Moscow returned the Eastern Railway and two ports to China. Most important for China was a $300 million loan, plus military and industrial aid.

At that time, China’s exports were mainly agricultural, no industry to speak of existed. Russia sent a flood of machinery, (perhaps the pilfert factories of Eastern Europe), weapons and even missile and atomic devices to China. Citizens in East Germany were disenchanted, to say the least. Most adults that I knew were deadly afraid of an armed China. Supplied with weapons and money, China invaded Tibet, re-establishing rights over once-held territories. On October 20, 1962 China invaded India. Under the pretext of border problems, Chinese troops crossed the McMahon line, capturing Razang La, and Tawang, to an outpouring of international disapproval and anger.

The “Friendship Treaty” expired in 1979. China began to flex its growing muscle and made demands on Moscow. These included that Moscow gave up held territory in Mongolia and that it remove troops from their borders. The dissolution of this treaty resulted in the Third Indochina War.

At that time, I was a student in East Germany, and we were very familiar with this part of history. The citizenry, for most part, was delighted that the alliance had been terminated. I remember adults in debates voicing the opinion that to give any aid to China would strengthen the giant and eventually result in China versus the World aggression.

Well, America has nurtured China into economic Gianthood. In the process of elevating the Communist Oligarchy we have enabled them to steal a plethora of engineering, science, nuclear and other secrets from our companies. Furthermore, we allowed    them access into our society, enabling the Chinese government to gather information about our citizens, military installation, banking and other systems in our country.

China now has a fleet of nuclear submarines and an enormous arsenal of modern weapons, conventional and nuclear. Today, with China strong, we face a new alliance between two powerful, unreliable, and morally bankrupt titans, who decided to bond once again to unitedly face the U.S. Part of the decision to unite arose from the fact that the U. S. decided that the country will no longer be partners with other countries, constrained by uneven, unenforceable rules and broken agreements.

The Trump administration is officially withdrawing from the 1987 nuclear treaty with Russia. For a decade Russia violated the 1987 INF Arms Control Treaty with deception and hidden build-up of nuclear arms. In this endeavor they were strengthened, for a weak Washington government blatantly ignored their violations.

The treaty was supposed to be a safeguard, banning nuclear missiles with a range of 500—to 5,500 kilometers. With Putin’s presidency, Moscow tested a medium-range cruise missile in 2008 and deployed a flock of them in 2016.

The State Department objected formally to Russia with 30 statements and documents. Of course, as always, to no avail.

Russia, by estimates now deploys about 100 banned cruise missiles, any of which threaten most of Europe and parts of Asia. That allows the Russian military to reach critical military structures in the EU and opens the Europeans up to blackmail if a divide between Europe and the U.S. should be useful to Russia.

*Some facts were checked against an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal from February 2-3, 2019. Some information in this piece was also used.

 

 Sigrid Weidenweber grew up in communist East Berlin, escaping it using a French passport. Ms. Weidenweber holds a degree in medical technology as well as psychology and has course work in Anthropology.  She is co-founder of Aid for Afghans.  Weidenweber has traveled the world and lived with Pakistani Muslims, learning about the culture and religion. She is a published author and lecturer. You can find her books on Amazon.com


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