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Putin and Xi Outflank Obama on War and Economy, Emphasize Their ‘Combat Fraternity’

Sept. 6, 2015 (EIRNS)—The week just ended has witnessed a dramatic strategic shift as a result of the coordinated actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Those actions prominently include: (a) The impressive Chinese military display during the Victory Day celebration (with Putin standing next to Xi throughout); (b) Putin’s flanking operation in Syria, whose exact nature is still a work-in-progress, but has the Obama White House visibly destabilized; and (c) the Sept. 3-5 Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Vladivostok, which centered on a whole raft of new Russian-Chinese deals, and which Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Morgulov characterized as "a large-scale, giant, long-term strategic task that, I am sure, will reshape the entire Eurasian space when implemented."

In addition to his Sept. 4 keynote address, Putin met on Sept. 5 with the head of the large Chinese delegation, Vice Premier Wang Yang, in which Putin emphasized the "combat fraternity" of the two countries. Putin began their discussion by again praising China for their Victory Day celebration, "that reminds us of the tragedy of World War II, of the heroism of the Chinese people and our combat fraternity. Today we are facing quite a few tasks and challenges that we can and must tackle jointly." The Russian President stressed that "cooperation between China and Russia in the Far East looks highly promising and significant."

Wang’s response was similarly forceful, noting that Putin’s address to the EEF plenary "greatly enhanced our confidence in our successful cooperation." He reported that, at the Ufa BRICS summit, Putin had personally invited Xi to send a delegation to the EEF meeting, and that Xi "attaches great importance to this event" and therefore sent his Vice Premier, and "accompanying me are ten government ministers and four governors." He added that 60 leading Chinese companies were also present, representing revenues exceeding $2 trillion, "which is almost 25% of China’s GDP. I believe that after your address, our Chinese companies will feel more confident in the further successful cooperation" of the two countries.

Along with China, there were a total of 2,500 participants at the EEF. According to Russian media accounts in Tass and Sputnik, the organizers had only expected 1,000 to attend, but 4,000 people tried to register and they could only handle 2,500. There were 32 official foreign delegations, with the largest being China, South Korea, and Japan. From the Russian side, Putin was joined by several ministers and the governors of nine Far Eastern regions. Over 80 contracts were signed worth $19 billion, according to Russian officials.