By Pepe Escobar
TomDispatch | News Analysis - 19 May 2014
Hong Kong - A specter is haunting Washington, an unnerving vision of a
Sino-Russian alliance wedded to an expansive symbiosis of trade and
commerce across much of the Eurasian land mass - at the expense of the
And no wonder Washington is anxious. That alliance is already a done
deal in a variety of ways: through the BRICS group of emerging powers
(Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa); at the Shanghai
Cooperation Organization, the Asian counterweight to NATO; inside the G20; and via the 120-member-nation Non-Aligned Movement
(NAM). Trade and commerce are just part of the future bargain.
Synergies in the development of new military technologies beckon as
well. After Russia’s Star Wars-style, ultra-sophisticated S-500 air defense anti-missile system comes online in 2018, Beijing is sure to want a version of it. Meanwhile, Russia is about to sell
dozens of state-of-the-art Sukhoi Su-35 jet fighters to the Chinese as
Beijing and Moscow move to seal an aviation-industrial partnership.