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Pentagon chief plans to shift U.S. focus to China and Russia

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He focused instead on shifting the U.S. military’s focus toward China and Russia — “today’s revisionist powers.”

If China's Belt and Road is joined with Moscow's Eurasian Economic Union (Google/Yandex Xi Putin 'best friends') backed by Russia's huge nuclear arsenal, the empire they could create would be the most powerful ever.

He accused Moscow and Beijing of seeking “veto power” over the economic and security decisions of smaller nations.

Pot - kettle.

“My ambition is and remains to look at how do we pull resources — resources being troops and equipment and you name it”

Esper's from Raytheon, one of the globe's largest defense contractors. He'll continue to push for increased defense spending, central to the US economy. Taxes paid by the working and middle classes will continue to pay to subsidize defense corporations (and big oil) while seeing moneys for education, healthcare, infrastructure, research to find ways to reduce environmental problems, etc., i.e. things that benefit the general population most, reduced. Same as it ever was, but getting worse under Trump.

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This sounds like a pivot to Asia. It seems familiar.

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If China's Belt and Road is joined with Moscow's Eurasian Economic Union (Google/Yandex Xi Putin 'best friends') backed by Russia's huge nuclear arsenal, the empire they could create would be the most powerful ever.

Those 2 initiatives are actually in competition though

Russia does not want to lose their old Soviet satellite republics to fall to Chinese influence

What China gains, Russia loses

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Those 2 initiatives are actually in competition though

Each point well taken. At this point it's hard to know if the two powers will compete for greater regional, e.g. former SSRs, even global dominance, or co-operate.

China's probably ahead of Russia technologically and financially, but Russia's got the larger nuke arsenal and better prepared military. Plus Russia's got huge reserves of oil, gas and coal, which China and other fossil economies need to maintain the wealth of their respective establishments.

In defense of saying the two could merge forces, I'll fall back on 'Xi calls Putin best friend', which I'm well aware needs to be seriously questioned.

China's Xi praises 'best friend' Putin during Russia visit

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48537663

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Pentagon chief plans to shift U.S. focus to China and Russia

Well, good luck with that Sec Esper...

Donnie's Master and puppet-string puller is in Russia and his and Ivanka's clothes and shoes are all made in China...

Your chances of doing that are about the same as Donnie passing up golf this weekend to attend church...

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