China is a blind spot for many on this forum, and the West in general. This is a result of the secretive nature of the CCP, the near impossible to comprehend Chinese mentality/culture and of course the language barrier.
Many who visit China will never be able to scratch below the surface. Some live in China for years and never get to comprehend the culture.
So I don't blame anyone for being misinformed about China. People are just not grounded. They don't have the knowledge, comprehension and experience. As a result MISinformation seeps through easily as many don't have the handles to distinguish fact from fiction.
I have lived in China for 5 years, speak the language to some extent and have tried to immerse myself. I never lived in any foreign bubble, have made thousand of business contacts, have more than a dozen Chinese friends, know several CCP members - some of them quite well. However, I consider myself a toddler when it comes to China. China is unlike any other country in the world. The Chinese might as well be aliens because that's how different their culture and mentality is from ours.
This is also the reason why I in general do not get into discussions about this topic, unless it relates to geopolitics/history. I don't consider myself knowledgeable enough to give proper analysis on social phenomena
However, there is something that pisses me off to no extend. And that is clueless clowns masquerading as experts.
Two dudes that don't speak the language have probably never lived there or even been there, with no knowledge of the culture/mentality, without any inside information, without any connections, without any first hand experience sitting somewhere in a basement in bumfuck rural Kentucky talking about China as if they are an authority on the matter. It's absolutely ridiculous.
For some reason this podcast now gets spam-plugged in every (often non-related) thread. To the person doing this: Stop doing this. This thread is about the geopolitical realities concerning Russia. If you want to do enlarge the audience just make your own podcast related thread. Simple as.
Some of the things said about China in other threads are laughable. Straight up. Shows such a binary, US-centered viewpoint, and such a very narrow comprehension of the culture and country.
The one ring that rules them all. I wanted to pick this point out to make my point clear.
In countries like China and Russia power rules money, instead of the other way around. It is a reality that is very easily observable, and that Americans just don't see to able to grasp. It might have something to do with the merchant-related nature of that country, and the lack of strong leadership.
Then look at the big time banking connections and where the money is going. It isn't about culture, it is about finance. That is all my comments are relating to. Blackrock isn't investing hundreds of billions, maybe trillions, into China without something in return.
As far as Russia/Putin, we know who he surrounds himself with. If he was a legit threat to the system, as pointed out, he could go ham on our system with just a few strong comments about the lack of rights for many of our citizens and our support of ISIS in the middle east.
Which is why there will be no full scale war on Russia. Russia isn't a threat to the establishment right now, the way Iran and Hezbollah are. And we saw the system lash out at both very strongly over the last few months.