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Moveable Feast Cafe 2023/02/20 … Open Thread
If Russia loses this struggle for a multipolar world most of the blame can be laid at the feet of her “friends”. The US/EU is going around the world threatening those countries if they aid Russia. Will that work for them? I don’t know. But what I do know is that I don’t see China,India,Iran,etc,having a conference together and making a “joint statement” saying that they will not be threatened by anyone. And that as long as the US/EU continues to supply weapons to Ukraine they will have nothing to say about what the trade with of others with Russia will entail. And that if they think they can use sanctions against their nations then they will see sanctions directed back at them. And without the US/EU trade outside the US/EU the West would collapse quickly. It is the non-US/EU nations that have the power. They just need to use that power.Not using it is why the US/EU is able to threaten the world.
I have a 6th sense that trade with China is narrowing and if you want some things made in China, you’ll have to go through India.
How soon before all China trade is diverted through India, and how many different directions can a cost of living inflation spike come from before more citizens economic backs break. They’re breaking prettty bad right now.
China is reselling Russian gas to Europe at a profit as they haggle with Russia about costs and another pipeline. Russia has always been more than generous. Some translation problems here but sure looks like what you said.
The advantage of working on the Central Asian market compared to the same Chinese market is obvious. According to Yushkov, it is necessary to build a gas pipeline in China from scratch. West Siberian gas, which used to go straight to Europe, should hypothetically go to China via the Power of Siberia-2 gas pipeline. However, even if the contract for this project were signed today, the construction alone would take three to four years. But Beijing is a tough negotiator, and in pursuit of its national interests, it still continues to bargain with Moscow.
“Europe is vacuuming the maximum amount of LNG, including from the portfolios of Asian countries and, above all, China. And he gets more comfortable prices for himself and profits from the resale of gas to Europe. As a result, for example, at the end of last year, the average price of gas imports to European markets was 2.5-3 times higher than that of the Chinese. Although in 2019, China paid an average of 2 times more for imported gas than Europe,” the expert continues.
China holds keys to European gas crisis
02/20/2023 Economics _
I heard a rumor about an interview the other day in Moscow that was of the former Ukrainian PM before the coup in 2014. He was reported to have said that a shadow government has been formed,or is in the process of being formed in Russia to take power in the rump Ukraine at liberation. He was reported to have said that that government would only hold power for 2-3 years. That the rump Ukraine during that time would be under martial law and denazified (the WWII postwar model done in Germany). That during that time the arrests and trials of war criminals would take place. And then at the completion of that period free elections for a neutral rump Ukraine will be held. Without any US/NATO influence permitted. Nor neo-nazi ultra nationalist parties permitted to exist in the rump Ukraine.
If true,that is something I’ve been hoping for for years.
angling for supper,
nothing but small fry –
Life springs eternal from the big fish,
the one who gambles for a living
and then transforms into an elephant.
Well lol Alabama, sorry!
Fear no more the heat o’ the sun,
Nor the furious winter’s rages;
Thou thy worldly task hast done,
Home art gone, and ta’en thy wages:
Golden lads and girls all must,
As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.
Fear no more the frown o’ the great;
Thou art past the tyrant’s stroke;
Care no more to clothe and eat;
To thee the reed is as the oak:
The scepter, learning, physic, must
All follow this, and come to dust.
Fear no more the lightning flash,
Nor the all-dreaded thunder stone;
Fear not slander, censure rash;
Thou hast finished joy and moan:
All lovers young, all lovers must
Consign to thee, and come to dust.
No exorciser harm thee!
Nor no witchcraft charm thee!
Ghost unlaid forbear thee!
Nothing ill come near thee!
Quiet consummation have;
And renownèd be thy grave!
from CYMBELINE, Act IV, Scene 2)
Writers and poets are full of nonsense and metaphor, especially the best,; ) and this ‘song’ above may have another meaning that what appears, does the whole sense and meaning of life die, in a way, with higher, spiritual awareness and perception ?
I’d Like to Know
I’d like to know what the star knows,
And why it trembles by day and by night?
Is death overcome, is sorrow undone –
That the star it shines so clear and so bright?
I’d like to see what the star sees;
It must be something wondrous and grand!
The ocean’s expanse, the moon’s silver lance –
Shadows in flight across the land!
I’d like to know how the star knows
Its place in the vast assembly above?
To burn so bright by day and by night –
To cleave to the will the One True Love!
I’d like to be, like the star free,
Living in the moment in a state of play;
To do as I please, shooting the breeze,
Sharing tales of the Ancient of Days!
I’d like to know what the star knows,
And why it trembles by day and by night?
Is death overcome, is sorrow undone…
That the star it shines so clear and so bright?
The last few lines of VV Putin’s live speech:
“We are confident in our country. We are confident in our strength. The truth is with us. Thankyou.”
Calm & determined, and given China’s new assertiveness (as shown at the Munich Security Conference) the multipolar world continues to challenge US hegemony
Covered by iearlgrey, English live translation : Starts @20:30 https://youtu.be/VO-e_04qag0
Also on Rumble: VV Putin’s Federal Assembly speech (English live translation
We here have previously spoken of HAARP and the solar and planetary couplings, wherein we speculate that there is a relationship between solar flux activity and climate, weather, and earthquakes…
“Changes in strain (Linear and triangular) rate and Ionosphere Total Electron Content (TEC) before Mw 7.9 2018 Alaska Earthquake are investigated. Ten years of global positioning system (GPS) time series solutions were used for strain estimation in the region before the occurrence of the earthquake using the Haversine formula and triangulation method. Linear strain values suggest an anomaly in strain variation trend near the epicenter. Additionally, daily TEC variations for 30 days before the earthquake occurred were monitored and analysed. Analysis suggests TEC depletion on December 26 2017, and January 16 2018, respectively. TEC values from 60 GPS stations data were interpolated to study the spatial variations of TEC anomaly. Hourly TEC data derived from GPS stations on December 26 2017, and January 16 2018, suggest low TEC zone concentration near to the earthquake epicenter during 1 to 4 UTC. Spatial distribution of TEC values in 2-Dimension corresponding to anomaly time at 60 GPS stations in the vicinity of study area suggests lowest TEC values at stations that lie closer to the epicenter. The study suggests Lithosphere-Ionosphere coupling before Mw 7.9 2018 Alaska Earthquake and recommends developing a TEC-Strain Monitoring System for further validation of the work and for the better study of earthquake precursors based on TEC-Strain anomalies.” https://www.researchgate.net/publication/368508433_Integrated_observations_on_crustal_strain-ionosphere_total_electron_content_anomalies_before_the_earthquake
The VVP speech got me to wondering about the designs of the gadgets, the fancynewbombs, and recalling the Orion Project and the push-plate, which depended on directionality of bomb blast, mostly in gamma… Just thinking…anyway, we shall now probably return to tests of actual blast-o-gadgets,,, Maybe they want to make bombs into drills, as in through rock… Gee, yatink?
Meanwhile, the other “take”…industrial and social strength creates cohesion and military strength…as in opposition…well, you know, vice and all that stuff.
Large 6.3-magnitude earthquake hits Syria-Turkey border at the same time a C7.1 flared from sunspot region AR3226 at 7:13 UTC on February 20. This was a minor to moderate geomagnetic storm but the
plates were already in movement. An increase in the Northern and Southern Lights might also increase and a blue flash was seen. This is rare but this is a rare event.
So some intriguing elements are in place.
Sun activity February 20, 2023: Storm anticipated
Current solar activity is low, as we wait for the expected G1 (minor) geomagnetic storm. The impact of the Earth-directed component of the coronal mass ejection (CME) from the X2.2 flare has not happened yet as of this writing (11 UTC on February 20), but it is thought to be imminent. The possible extent of the resulting geomagnetic storm has been downgraded to a range of G1 (minor) to G2 (moderate), however. This could still mean a lot of auroral activity from North America to northern Europe. Now time and space will tell! Still waiting … waiting …
Last 24 hours: Sun activity is low, with 19 C flares. The largest event was a C7.1 flare from sunspot region AR3226 at 7:13 UTC on February 20. Today the sun has seven numbered sunspot regions.
If sunspots are active, more solar flares will result creating an increase in geomagnetic storm activity for Earth. Therefore during sunspot maximums, the Earth will see an increase in the Northern and Southern Lights and a possible disruption in radio transmissions and power grids. The storms can even change polarity in satellites which can damage sophisticated electronics. Therefore scientists will often times preposition satellites to a different orientation to protect them from increased solar radiation when a strong solar flare or coronal mass ejection has occurred.
Before the earthquake in Turkey and Syria, a blue flash was noticed in the sky
2. Re: Northern lights mid air from Turkey to Stockholm?
9 years ago
I think it’s “possible” during quite rare astrophysical conditions but to answer your question, no you can’t. I have heard of people seeing northern lights even further south though, but i think it’s indeed very rare…
On cold nights at 41 North I have watched the lights… that was about 1995 or so. They seems to lie about 20 miles away…dancing fairies.
It, the relationship, minds me of piezoelectric effect, when electrons pump in or out the physical dimensions change…crystal lattice stuff… Not quite the same, but similar…maybe.
Uncle Bob this out today regarding some of your questions . The fact that China waited until the specter of war is threatening them before ramping up their coziness with Russia could indicate China means to fight the West down to the last Russian. Why not help before? This is not a friendly site and they are even asking.
I am posting this by its lonesome so you will see it.
China can provide hundreds of tanks to Russia bypassing the US
By Boyko Nikolov On Feb 21, 2023
MOSCOW, RUSSIA — The war in Ukraine has been going on for one year. Kyiv is grateful to the West for supplying weapons worth tens of billions of dollars. It seems that the supply will not stop in 2023. On the contrary, they may increase compared to the previous year. In reality, Ukraine held off the Russian invasion thanks to Western supplies. Without them, the war would not have been an everyday topic for a long time.
But it’s not just weapons. Complex logistics networks are the heart of Ukrainian-Western arms supplies. It has already become clear that British commandos are in Ukraine and have coordinated some key operations. It can be said that Ukraine uses the entire NATO satellite network in the region. CIA agents put their “stealth network” at the service of Kyiv. The New York Times reported on this, writing about the “invisible network of commandos and spies” involved in logistics, intelligence, and training.
Russia, on the other hand, was forgotten. Relying solely on its powerful military-industrial complex, Moscow received little help. North Korea gave missiles to Russia, and Iran on the other hand provided kamikaze drones and ballistic missiles. But where is China in the whole scheme?
The US warned China
Washington’s biggest fear is Beijing’s possible support for Moscow. Can you imagine China deciding to provide it? Of course, at the moment, official Beijing does not supply lethal weapons to Russia. Some deliveries caused quite a stir last year. For example, the Russian DJI drones were converted by the Russians into deadly kamikazes. But these are civilian drones, the sale of which is almost impossible to limit.
Washington was quick to draw a “red line” against China. Just a few days ago, US Secretary of State Mr. Anthony Blinken and UN Ambassador Mrs. Linda Thomas-Greenfield warned China that supplying arms to Russia would be a “red line.”
The warnings come at a time when there are apparently intelligence signals that Beijing is preparing to give weapons to Russia. Mr. Blinken expressed similar concerns. And they remain, even though he held a conversation with China’s top diplomat, Wang Yi, on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.
Russian tanks for Russia from China
China can completely bypass Washington’s red line and, without providing weapons to Russia, provide weapons to Russia. Confused, isn’t it, but this is international politics at its best. Here’s how it can be done:
Russia has a huge military-industrial complex. However, it was not loaded at full power before the war. Russia was actually producing a hundred tanks a year until the end of 2021. This is a very small number because we are talking about the capacity of the Russian Federation to produce 3,000 tanks per year.
This capacity still exists but cannot be used. Russia has not invested in its modernization over the years. He started doing it only in 2022 after he invaded Ukraine. We have talked about this “Russian trait” of not doing things right at the right time. This moment that Moscow missed.
China may not supply weapons to Russia, but nothing is stopping it from supplying new equipment to the Russian arms industry. Semiconductors, processors, and microchips are also on the list that China can provide. In this way, China can revive the capacity of Russian industry. In this way, Beijing can guarantee the production of hundreds of tanks in Russia.
Beijing can provide Moscow with a large range of spare parts. China still has Russian weapons systems in service, which Beijing is gradually decommissioning. Take the Russian Su-27 for example. China doesn’t really need it anymore and is therefore decommissioning it. Although there are no such signals, Beijing may provide Moscow with a set of spare parts for the Russian Su-27. They will not be in huge quantities, but they will reduce the burden to some extent.
New batch of eight ‘naked’ T-90 tanks is on its way to Ukraine
The same can be said about the Chinese S-400 air defense systems, which can be “cannibalized” for the benefit of the Russian army. Speaking of tanks, however, China’s Type 99 tank production facilities can provide spare parts for the Russian T-72s. This is because Type 99 is based precisely on the Russian T-72. China will only need to minimally retool its tools and equipment at the Norinco plants and start churning out parts for Russian tanks.
Especially considering that Russian tanks follow one basic design line, Moscow can benefit from spare parts for almost all of its tank models sent to the battlefield.
The Chinese influence
After Russia and the US, China is the third largest defense industry. Her capacity is comparable to the two political opponents. The restoration of Russian production to its full glory can be done with Chinese equipment.
And since we are talking about tanks [although everything said applies to other sectors of military production as well] China can still give Russian tanks to Russia without Beijing directly exporting them. The Chinese influence. As much as the politicians in Washington don’t like it, Beijing has that influence, and it’s growing all the time.
China can replace Iran’s entire air defense wing. China can renew Iran’s entire tank inventory. This means that if China wants to, it can bypass warnings from Washington and “deliver Iranian weapons” to Russia, positioning itself in the Iranian market with its new tanks and air defense systems.
China can do the same with North Korea, Serbia, and Belarus. Although the embargo on North Korea is a kind of obstacle, it does not mean that it is impossible. Although the supply of Chinese weapons to Belarus would almost certainly mean “crossing a red line”, it also does not mean impossible.
Training and Renewal
Vehicles like the Y-20 for example, which are not weapons, can be leased to Russia. This will reduce the liability and depreciation of the Russian Il-76 and An-124, as well as provide a wide range of Russian logistics.
However, China can provide repairs to Russian weapons. The aid will not be exhausted only with repairs. Temporary export of Chinese express could provide the Russian military with training processes that they certainly need. At the very least, they will provide a new perspective on the war from a bystander state.
China has unveiled its new 120mm self-propelled mortar
Photo credit: Mil.in.ua
For training needs, China can provide modern tools, which in the process of work will enable the Russians to directly produce something new.
In reality, Beijing has many opportunities to provide support to Moscow. Direct arms deliveries should not always be considered the most significant aid. In the situation which the Russian Federation is facing, the aforementioned may turn out to be much more useful for the Russian offensive in Ukraine. China can, with non-military material means, support the Russian invasion of Ukraine, thereby avoiding everything “red” defined by the West.
Now that these country’s all have their best talent engaged in training and perhaps hands on, the country’s cities and suburbs they left behind are becoming evermore dangerous with each passing day . Small towns appear a bit safer.
Panic is measured in close calls, how close were you to this or that shooting, or those nasty road ragers who have no place to go and you just got on their last nerve. The more times a citizen narrowly misses a disaster, they know its only a matter of time before they are swept into the newly created fray, and it shows up in panic conversations everywhere.
You even now know how much money someone has just by standing in line at the grocery store, the economic confidence has been swept away by the silence from the last incident and today we simply can’t afford another incident.
So let the war rage on and damn the economic torpedoes, wish all well on the ride down, for it sure looks like its locally going down, and hope the next disaster doesn’t interrupt your family’s life the way it has so many other peoples.
A couple of points:
1. China makes a fatal mistake to prioritize economic benefits above their very survival. Hopefully they are waking up. They should look at the mistakes made by Russia in following that policy with the West over the last 3 decades. It was a near fatal mistake for Russia. And now we see Russia scrambling to change that now. While much of the problems they face today would not exist had they not neglected their own home economy and over focused on trade with their EU/NATO “pardners” (i.e.enemy states).China by following those same policies will lead them to the same danger. Except unlike Russia China doesn’t have the same amount of natural resources inside China that Russia has to save them. Their survival depends on them correcting that error today. And not waiting until it might be too late to make the needed corrections.
2. An interesting development taking place in Belarus. Belarus is amending the law to extend the death penalty to crimes of treason. While at the same time the security services are revealing (not really any surprise to me) that the EU/NATO security services are trying to recruit Belarussian officials and military to work for them and betray their country. The new law chances will have two needed benefits. (1) It will let potential traitors know that they will pay the ultimate price if they work for their countries enemies. And that should lessen the pool of potential traitors available to their enemies. (2) It will punish those that have betrayed their country. Removing them from being a danger to their country forever. And serving as a needed object lesson to others. And possibly there will be a third benefit. It will allow Russia to see if that move is a benefit. And serve as a possible model for future legal reform in Russia as well.
Are we seeing betrayal by Serbia? And will the Serbian people accept that,or can we see a 1941 moment coming up:
Fighters for Kyiv will be supplied by … Serbia?
Vučić: “… servicing Russian MiG-29 fighters, the last batch of which Serbia received in 2017, became impossible due to the sanctions.”
“Virtually nothing related to military purposes can be imported from Russia, so Serbia will buy French Rafales,” Bloomberg.
Let me remind you that, through the mouth of the same Vucic, Serbia is on the verge of joining the anti-Russian European sanctions.
Someone will say that everything is natural and Russia is losing its last allies. Well, OK.
Firstly, an ally surrounded by “dear partners” was twisted and twisted and, finally, his arms were twisted. And it is still unknown what will happen to this Vučić in the future and how the Serbs themselves will react to such a turn, good millions of whom will take to the streets with Russian flags.
Secondly, the MiG-29 is really impossible to maintain in working order due to sanctions, so, in fact, in the short term, it is scrap metal.
However, the most interesting questions come next.
1. Serbia, as a medium-sized sovereign state (let’s accept this version for now), which is not a member of any military alliance, does not have a particular need to have fighter combat aircraft, because in the modern world this is an offensive weapon to gain air supremacy. A variety of air defense systems are now coping with the defense, which is exactly what any country that is not going to attack anyone should have in its arsenal.
Question: why does Serbia need Rafale fighters today?
2. By itself, the idea of French aircraft says a lot. The idea indicates that in the future someone sees Serbia as a member of NATO, although the road to the alliance is chosen quite exotic: usually the transition to NATO standards begins with little things and only at the end – high-tech weapons. A kind of multi-way through one rear seat.
That is, this whole idea with fighters is fraught with a kind of second bottom, which we will reveal in the third question (it is also the answer).
3. How many MIGs does Serbia have and what is it going to do with them?
Yeah, this is a topic for reflection: against the backdrop of conversations, hints and unrealizable promises about the supply of Western combat aircraft to Ukraine, Serbia turned up at the right time with its fleet of several dozen MIGs, some of which were simply donated to it by Russia.
Should we continue further?
In short, the story is this: if Serbian MIGs are delivered to Ukraine, Serbia, as a potential ally of Russia, will have to be forgotten.
Personally, I’m sure that all this multi-move through one back seat is conceived for this:
West to Ukraine: did we promise you planes? Receive and sign.
Serbia has a huge arms industry…but read an article yesterday(sadly not book marked on my yandex) but also quite an illegal arms industry…..not sure if Vucic’s standpoint re Russia and EU is actually a genuine reason but his manoevering to protect both his/the arms industries….
translating my comment of the week from Sunday into englisch on Wednesday I realized, that it will be the last “astromunane diary” in Saker’s (and my) history.
We aligned in June 2014, following Saker’s “Beauty will save …”
From the very moment I arrived the vineyard, it was home to me and
my girl. Such , like us ‘protagonists’, a friend used to call those, who are inhabitants of a continent, slowly rising into the future.
Mundane astrology definitely is a reneged humen child, and in a blog
by an orthodox Christ it found a place. What a comunity!
In 2016, in cafe yet,(?) I had a short encounter with the revered anonymous Saker. I opened my astrological heart to “Astrology with the Saker”.
The burning little question was, how does it look like, when a blog
of 2007 explodes in 2014?
Saker had the courtesy to offer me his birth-time. But that was to me
not a ‘yes’ make it open.
So I tried without this centerpiece my best, to desribe the phenomenon.
Astrology with the Saker: https://astromundanediary.blogspot.com/2016/01/astrology-with-saker.html
One of the benefits, carrying Saker’s spirit, are the friends Andrei Martyanow and Larry Johnson, in whose comments-space the astromundane diary has found some listening spots. So, step by step
time wit time, the diary is moving into the unknown ramification of future – and the Vineyard with it’s Saker above became notoriously for ‘censored rats and snakes.
Whatever Saker and his family, God’s blessing to them, will live through, they will be enshined in the memorial of the 20tenth, and and beginning twentieth, it was a boone to breath with.
And here the last “astromundane diary” above Saker’s Vineyard:
“Offensive Next Week: the Realm Joining the Strategist and Knowledge Joining Fatherly Constraint”
For you, old friend…
Becca Stevens + the Secret Trio; “Lullaby for the Sun”
Do you have email contact at your site, Mundo? Otherwise we may have to update our contact details
via the mod. (if we may prevail upon you once more, dear Mod.)
This goes for Sudhi, and anyone else who may want to maintain email contact.
a propos e-mail-contact: try this, it’s in german language, e-mail included.
Apart from that there is the comment-space down below in my blog.
I would be glad, to read of you, and of any cafeista.
If electronic money were the devil, wouldn’t you at least have to give him his due?
Throw old spike some bones, see how many return to the nest, and then reconsider if you want to continue do to business with him or not.
So far we have to give him his due.
I wasn’t concerned about this until I got to,
(The US Department of Energy lists the building as a uranium processing facility. Built in 1945 for the original nuclear weapons program, it serves “as one of the primary chemical processing and enriched uranium production facilities at Y-12,” but was scheduled to be decommissioned by the end of 2025. The fire involved “a compound of uranium … in a metal form,” according to WVLT.
The Y-12 website describes the National Security Complex as “a premier manufacturing facility dedicated to making our nation and the world a safer place,” that deals with storing nuclear materials, producing fuel for the US Navy’s reactors, and performs “complementary work for other government and private-sector entities.” )
After Ohio, Who can really trust authority.
The U and Pu stuff is pyrophoric…https://www.nrc.gov/docs/ML1126/ML11262A068.pdf
Somebody failed to act properly… The shop Y-12 has had some 78 years to learn how, slow learners… I’d speculate that “management” is of low quality and finds itself under pressure to make “poot” – no doubt in the interests of “peace”…
Y-12 site> https://www.y12.doe.gov/
So once the site closes down and the articles are archived, will the comment sections (along with the Moveable Feast Cafés) be archived too?
(If there’s answer for that question already, I’d be grateful for a link.)
Thanks in advance.
Hi Joey, please read the Saker’s post. Mod:
P.S. I could remember a similar situation with The American Conservative, which had a comment system not unlike the one at Moon of Alabama. One could look back at discussions using any search engine. After they switched to Disqus and redesigned the site, those discussions could only be accessed on the Internet Archive. Sadly not every page of comments was archived. I’d hate to see this same fate befall here as well.
Thisfella> “Dr. Phillip Karber” Innarestin’… https://simplicius76.substack.com/p/in-the-spirit-of-russian-total-war “… West Point cadets and faculty, Dr. Phillip Karber describes what he has learned about the Russian way of war from thirty trips he has made to Ukraine, including six months on the front lines of the war in the country’s east.”
It’s astonishing that the good doctor K is not ashamed…his donnee, his suspension of disbelief mirrors the moral contradictions and attendant low quality of the US Army officers, the commissioned officers, with whom I have had to pretend to work…the noncoms were pretty good and fairly capable though…and the retired noncoms had become deeply ashamed – being men of certain memories, of fascist murders and betrayals.
That said, Doctor K gives a pretty interesting presentation…
It is said, rather well said I think, that the affray is about to coruscate in the Transnistria aspect of the Campaign…the nazis about to try…speculations…anyway. You know, the bigbigammograb plan.
Some say Red Army make amphibious landings…
Comrade G makes fine at Oxford Union> https://youtu.be/DvHIbpy1LWM
He repeats an old favorite…Just remembering a tribal (Quaker) favorite>
“Ye Hypocrites, are these your pranks
To murder men and gie God thanks
Desist for shame, proceed no further
God won’t accept your thanks for murder.” ( Robert Burns.)
I applaud the judged synchronicity of Host Saker…good timing…it does look like the beginning of the direct war ‘tween the zones, the Us and their old ally, the ally that the US betrayed longlongago… I heard that betrayal stuff in 1952…and it was true. Well phucarroundand find out, they say.
US sending 200 more troops to Taiwan, more than quadrupling the current number to bolster a training program for the island’s military amid what the US perceives as a rising threat from China.
Word on the street is that China is working toward a defense agreement with Russia, something the Chinese weren’t interested in until now that things are a little darker for the dragon. Hypocritical dragon but under the circumstances it would be foolish for Russia and China to split.
US sending up to 200 more troops to Taiwan as China tensions grow
Only 30 American troops were in Taiwan a year ago, report says
February 23, 2023 10:03am EST
The U.S. is preparing to send 100 to 200 troops to Taiwan for training amid rising tensions with China, a U.S. official familiar with the planning confirmed to Fox News on Thursday. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/us-sending-more-troops-taiwan-china-tensions-grow
This number will expand a much smaller training program, which has included the National Guard, Special Ops, and U.S. Marines in the past.
The Michigan National Guard will also train a contingent of the Taiwanese Army, including some training as part of larger exercises, on U.S. soil.