Seen on the street in Kyiv.

Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

“The Mob takes the Fifth. If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?” -- The TOFF *

"Foreign Relations Boil Down to Two Things: Talking With People or Killing Them." -- Unknown

“Speed is a poor substitute for accuracy.” -- Real, no-shit, fortune from a fortune cookie

"If you believe that you are talking to G-d, you can justify anything.” — my Dad

"Colt .45s; putting bad guys in the ground since 1873." -- Unknown

"Stay Strapped or Get Clapped." -- probably not Mr. Rogers

"The Dildo of Karma rarely comes lubed." -- Unknown

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

* "TOFF" = Treasonous Orange Fat Fuck, A/K/A Dolt-45,
A/K/A Commandante (or Cadet) Bone Spurs,
A/K/A El Caudillo de Mar-a-Lago, A/K/A the Asset,
A/K/A P01135809, A/K/A Dementia Donnie

Monday, January 30, 2023

A Question for China

Is it better to have a strong Russia or a weak Russia on your northern boder?

Is it better to run the risk of being tied to Russia as a pariah nation or to make common cause with those nations who make up your largest markets?


Jones, Jon Jones said...

Why wouldn't China want Russia and the DPRK as vassal states? The horses are on the race track...

Ten Bears said...

Russia claims Siberia. Russia doesn't control Siberia.

Stewart Dean said...

I'd say that's a peripheral question to China (literally, yes, but also the figurative sense). China has always seen itself as the center of the world and looked inward. The central issue/fear is keeping all its balls in the air with both a marginally functional/largely dysfunctional juggler and a huge number of gnarly balls. China knows that straight peasant communism is disastrous (witness Mao's Great Leap Froward) but is both desirous of and scared spitless by the dynamism of free market it lurched back and forth between the two. Likewise with dead hand of authoritarian control...they've extinguished Hong Kong as an economic powerhouse because they feared its freedom. And like a bad genetics experiment, their hybrid Rube Goldberg economy/governance has reached overgrown senescence witness their crashing real estate and managed capitalism bubbles.
What's needed is a containment (as Kennan with the Soviets) until the whole mess of China comes crashing down, then further containment. The risk then is another deluded Putin-like strongman.
We live in interesting times.

Jones, Jon Jones said...

That is a good way to look at things.