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“Conversion of Russia” Update:

Russia and China Strut Their Alliance

by Christopher A. Ferrara

Now that Vladimir Putin has made himself the neo-Stalinist dictator of Russia, he can pick up where his communist predecessors left off: forging ties with Red China. On December 27, 2004, Associated Press, in an article by Vladimir Isachenkov, reported that “Once-bitter rivals Russia and China will hold a massive joint military exercise on Chinese territory next year involving submarines and possibly strategic bombers …” This wonderful news was announced by Russia’s defense minister as part of a plan to “bolster already burgeoning military ties” between the two dictatorships.

According to AP, “Many observers saw the announcement as Russia’s response to a spat with the United States and other Western nations over the disputed election in Ukraine, Russia’s neighbor, where the Kremlin-backed candidate trailed a pro-Western politician in near-final results.”

Putin, it seems, is highly peeved that his man, Viktor Yanukovych, failed to prevail in the first election a month ago, despite busloads of roaming voters who cast multiple ballots for Yanukovych and the massive dose of dioxin poison administered to opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko. Yushchenko not only failed to die but, as of this writing, appears to have won the runoff election held after the Ukraine Supreme Court set aside the first vote on grounds of election fraud.

So now Putin is going to pay us back by holding hands with the Red Chinese in a very big and very public way. AP reports how Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov declared that “For the first time in history, we have agreed to hold quite a large military exercise together with China on Chinese territory in the second half of the year.” The first time in history, mind you. Just one of the many benefits of Russia’s “conversion” since The-Consecration-That-Wasn’t in 1984.

AP further notes that “After decades of rivalry, Moscow and Beijing have developed what they call a strategic partnership since the Soviet collapse. China has become the No. 1 customer for Russia’s struggling defense industry, purchasing billions of dollars worth of fighters, missiles, submarines and destroyers. Officials with Russia’s state arms-trading company, Rosoboronexport, said last week that China was expected to sign new contracts next year to purchase Russia’s most advanced fighter jets.”

All of this is part of Russia’s and China’s declared policy of creating a “multipolar world” in opposition to United States dominance. In other words, having imposed a neo-Stalinist dictatorship, Putin is starting up a neo-Cold War — but this time in tandem with the huge Red Chinese military machine, financed by the huge Russian military machine which — wouldn’t you know it — has never ceased growing and perfecting its armaments since the “fall of communism” in 1991.

Tell us again, Father Fox, about how Russia was consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1984. Tell us some more lies, and then tell us about your high-level connections in the hierarchy and your “respectability” with the powers that be. Or maybe you could do something different, just for a change of pace: Tell us the truth about Fatima.