The Great Challenge: China, Russia

The Great Challenge: China, Russia

2014, Politics  -   35 Comments
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The Great Challenge: China, Russia is an informative documentary focused on the United States' relationship with Russia and China after the 1990 dissolution of the Soviet Union. Through newsreel footage and interviews with journalists, politicians and strategists, we learn about the US attempt to maintain world power in the aftermath of this dissolution, the current status of Russia under the leadership of Vladimir Putin, and the present relationship between Russia and China as imposing competitors to the US.

As explained by Daniele Scalea, Editor-in-Chief of Geopolitica Journal, the US strategy after the fall of the Soviet Union was to prevent potential rivals from growing powerful by strengthening US military power in key locations adjacent to the energy resources of the Middle East. Journalist and politician Giulietto Chiesa cautions that America's desire to control global resources creates a situation that gets increasingly dangerous with time.

Highlighting the establishment of the Greater Middle East Project by the second Bush administration, it is explained that the project's intent was to impose America's influence throughout the Middle East, a move that helped the US maintain economic and political domination in the area. By controlling the borders in the region, which is central to to Europe, Eurasia, Russia, East Asia and Africa, the US could thereby neutralize any threat from Russia.

Political expert Francois Marshall claims the intent behind attacking Afghanistan post-9/11 was not in the interest of counter-terrorism, but rather for the purpose of establishing military bases in former soviet countries that would, in turn, continue to limit Russia's influence. However, Putin's turn to power in 2000 saw Russia regain its status as a world power, renewing its potential threat to the US.

Although heavily focused on the relationship between Russia and the United States from 1990 through the present, we are later introduced to China's relationship between the two countries. Political Activist Ginette Skandrani cautions that Russia and China are currently taking control of the global economy as they've managed to gain independence from the US and Middle East despite US efforts to block their economic growth. With these countries regaining strength in the world market, it is questioned whether the United States' attempt to dominate through globalization will neutralize the growth in Russia and China, or if we are on a course of conflict with the two.

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Vendetta
Vendetta
1 year ago

Russian and Chinese leaders had many meetings over the last few days. They accomplished a lot signed a multi part economic and military framework. Russia will be using the Chinese currency to settle trades instead of the US dollar. Think bout it. They are even encouraging other nations like South America, Latin America even in Africa to do the same and to those countries who are suffering form West sanctions. As example countries who wishes to finish their work on nuclear reactors to supply their nations with affordable energy but is suffering from sanctions from the West who lean on them to sanction Russia are now thinking "Hey we do not have to deal with this anymore, we have an option here" In the meantime, the USA is not concerned about their declining economy, banking system collapsing, no all the media reports on is the storms, and Trump being arrested. China and Russia will expand border infrastructure which expands agriculture cooperation. They will improve cooperation of exchanging energy, minerals, metals, chemicals and uranium mining. the USA has one yes just one uranium mine. How did that happen because the USA are idiots. They also signed an agreement of mutual trust between their armed forces to regularly conduct maritime, ait patrol and military exercises. They also and specifically China came up with the excellent peace proposal for Ukraine. Putin praised this 12 part peace plan and confirmed he is ready for it but the USA and NATO not they do not want peace. While all of this was happening, Biden was handing out awards to Hollywood actors. Yes correct and bailing out failed banks while the USA military complex was ready to launch a massive offensive against Russia. Ukraine is done this is now the USA and NATO v Russia. If you read anything like Ukraine has done this or that, scratch Ukraine out and replace with USA. The UK is also getting into this and according the to the UK defence military will be sending depleted uranium shells to Ukraine. Ever seen the result of depleted uranium bombs? I dare you to google Depleted Uranium in Iraq and see those photos. Russia responded that if this happens they will respond with nuclear bombs. WW3 on its way and the world protests against climate change WTF shame on you all.

BG
BG
4 years ago

Good thing we have Trump now to handle the chinese.

Ajay
Ajay
6 years ago

It is a view, probably a lot of it was not quite accurate. There is, I believe, almost certainly some truth within. I find the best thing to do is watch a range of views from each side of the argument, scrutinize each of them, and decide where you personally believe the marker lies. NATO is still the most powerful military force on Earth, Russia and China are certainly asserting themselves both economically and militarily. Although western, I don't believe that our intentions and views are anywhere near perfect. Much of what the west does I think could be considered quite shameful. But thats not to say that the east are any better.

Gwayne Gautreaux
Gwayne Gautreaux
7 years ago

@Peter Wilson.........."You mean the 296 Palestinian children recently killed by Israeli attacks?"

Yes, the Palestinian children that Hamas used as human shields when they were fighting with the IDF.

winter
winter
7 years ago

But if US goes to war with China, how will we get the bigscreen TV's? And I pods? And PC's? And microwaves, refrigerators, wash machines, dryers . . . We will be helpless!!!
What about toys, car parts, industrial machinery?! Surely our politicians will not let this happen to us? What about power tools, any tools, lawn mowers, snow blowers, light bulbs, motors, thermostats. . . without the chinese we will get up in darkness and sleep in the freezing cold without blankets! We will be naked!!! We will not have computers and cell phones to entertain us every hour of every day! US government will put a stop to it! They will kill chinese and when russia see's this they will kill US with the help of Korea, Iran, Pakistan, and any other country whose resources the US has stolen while turning their countries into toxic waste dumps. Also,

Jews suck. That is why they are universally hated. When you are dickheads, you don't make friends. In the old testament their proclivity for war was clearly demonstrated. When Jesus comes along and tells them to live in peace, they convince the romans to kill him by saying he is a threat to them. Every time they antagonize some random country and that country starts to look at coming after them, Netanyahoo calls US to intervene and save him. To his credit, Obama tells them to get lost. They have learned a hard lesson.

Swapnil
Swapnil
7 years ago

Gl trying to make India do as you wish. India has always supported the weak countries being dominated by world powers for their gain. And the US knows that the excuse of "bringing democracy" is useless against a country which is already the BIGGEST stable democracy in the world. So they gotta swallow their pride and watch.

John
John
7 years ago

The next world war will be fought over natural resources. Many countries started working on this near future problem a few years back, but you almost never hear anything about it.

CrayRail
CrayRail
9 years ago

This is all old news really. The global balance of power since the start of the Industrial Revolution (dawn of capitalism) has rested on great power access to oil and other natural resources. The strengths of this doc is that it tells this story unapologetically but in a rather repetitive way. Once you make the point that the world is "multi-polar" you need to expand in more provocative directions and sometimes they attempt this.

More often than not, it comes off as crass pro-Russian propaganda and seems to make no ideological distinction between the Soviet Union - an openly leftist ideological and military force in the world - and those capitalist gangsters who sold off the best of the socialist project for their own profit, who now coalesce behind Putin.

Another weakness is a serious lack of hard information and historical grounding of the rise of China and how it must view world events. This documentary seems to think China is in some ways secondary to Russia in it's challenge to US hegemony, based of course on the amount of time they spend discussing China's actions - especially on military spending.

André
André
9 years ago

LOL, I haven't even seen the documentary yet but it seems it hurt some Americans' pride. If you guys just took some time to read a bit of recent history (post-WWII), you could maybe realize your government (among most European powers) just seek to destroy anything and anyone who opposes the illegal and forceful enrichment at the expense of millions of innocent people.

Mindaugas
Mindaugas
9 years ago

most biased documentary I have ever seen. complete crap. how could you not to see ridiculous missinterpretatons and all kinds of conspiracy theorists crazy talks without any reasonable arguments? Check the names who did the video... Makes me laugh.

Aditya Rajan
Aditya Rajan
9 years ago

India is not part of the Middle East how dare they say that! India is part of South Asia and is not culturally or historically similar to the middle east in any way shape or form.

Johannes
Johannes
9 years ago

Highly anti-American propaganda doc... The narrative accepts the neocon narrative as the guiding light of U.S. foreign policy. Very narrow-focused criticism and totally shirks the foreign policy aims of the other poles.

Rocky Racoon
Rocky Racoon
9 years ago

We need to work together with these countries there is no other way. They are to powerful not to partner with and the US cannot act as boss because it is not-the world does not deserve to live under threat of nuclear annihilation just so America can maintain reserve currency status and get a free ride on the rest of the world by FORCING countries to use their currency or ELSE! The BRICS are the beginning of the end of that fiasco and the Ponzi scheme is coming to an end.

backwards
backwards
9 years ago

With regards to Documentary's description: I was just think the exact same thing after watching KoreanWar doc's. It was then, that it reflected upon me that since WW2 every war has had the underlyings of Soviet vs USA agenda / influence. Mostly USA's attempts to stop the influence of Communism. (WW2 , Vietnam, Balkins, Korea ...
I'm not sure if current UN (US) campaigns in the middle east are to prevent communism (as the document suggests) or islam, or both)

arcot
arcot
9 years ago

The facts are in the open. Especially what's going on in Ukraine, Another NATO expansion. U.S.A losing their grounds.

FreedomforIran
FreedomforIran
9 years ago

This is lousy Iranian propaganda. They could not find one person in
Europe or the US with have some kind of institutional affiliation.
"Strategic advisor" and the like only reveals that their so-called
experts are leftists who hate the West (and therefore embrace the Iranian
regime), or conspiracy theorists. There will be no war between the
US and China, or the US and Russia. And there will be no war against Iran
either. But all this does not mean that the Iranian regime will survive.
Someday this regime will be toppled by Iranians wanting democracy and freedom,
and a determination to pay the cost for freedom by taking on the regime. That
day will come.