China and the Biden Administration

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I'm not sure if I should post this here or the other thread: ... f-eurasia/

It's not really the speculation about what may or may not be happening in Ukraine which interests me in the article, but the further posturing in East Asia.

"The Vostok 2022 drills ran from September 1 to 7. They were conducted under the command of the chief of Russia’s General Staff, Valery Gerasimov, at nine training grounds in the territory of the Eastern Military District, as well as maritime and costal zones of the Sea of Okhotsk and the Sea of Japan....But let us be honest, the actual centerpiece of the military show was the participation of the Chinese forces, which formed the second-largest contingent of the participating parties. While the Middle Kingdom has participated in Russian strategic war games four times so far, notably, this was the second time the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) took part in the Vostok drills, and for the first time, it was represented at the exercises by its ground, naval and air force branches.

In a manifestation of deepening combat coordination between two powers, the navies of the Russian Pacific Fleet and PLA joined forces in sea ranges in the Sea of Japan and the Sea of Okhotsk on September 2 with the aim of practicing the defense of sea lanes and areas of maritime economic activity and assist ground forces in maritime directions – with a particular emphasis put on a threat posed by the US in the region (something that was clearly laid out in Moscow’s new Naval Doctrine that I analyzed in detail at Asia Times)....

However, the main phase of this year’s Vostok chapter took place on September 6 when, as Reuters reported, “Smiling Putin” arrived at the Sergeyevsky training ground in the Primorye Region. The Russian president joined Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and the chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia, Valery Gerasimov (including more than 170 observers from 35 countries), to watch the military exercises in person.

The joint strategic operation that involved an international coalition group consisting of troops from Russia, China, India, Belarus, Mongolia, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Armenia and Algeria was divided into three stages and was crowned with the defeat of the hypothetical enemy....

– and all of this amid the first meeting since the Covid-19 outbreak between Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

“The tasks of the patrols involve the strengthening of naval cooperation between Russia and China, upholding peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, coastal monitoring and safeguarding Russian and Chinese nautical economic sites,” reads the Russian Defense Ministry’s statement." "
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Re: China and the Biden Administration

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Dave Saxton wrote: Mon Sep 19, 2022 11:25 pm Taiwan has not been connected to main land China in any way since 1894.
This is correct, with one qualification. After the Japanese surrender in 1945 the KMT government took possession of the island, expelled the near half million or so Japanese settlers and by 1949 had repatriated the remainder of its Army there. So for three years it was connected to the mainland government.

Without WW2 Taiwan would still be called Formosa and by today it would be as much a part of Japan as Okinawa.
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