Will China shift resources from Africa to Russia now?
SEE ALSO :China’s economy expands slightly in 2018Unless it’s about Chinese debt, we are unexcited by global issues. One took place this week. It was summit between China and Russia, the leading powers in the East. The presidents of the two leading nations met behind the background of war games, perfect background music for the two powers. Own pies They were shown cooking their own pies in a kitchen in Vladivostok, in the Far East. We might not notice that, too engrossed in our own issues ranging from fighting over Mau Forest to speculating on the next arrest over corruption.
SEE ALSO :China to support Kenya in war on terrorBut its more than that. The two countries trade a lot. They share borders and have enjoyed relative peace. Russians and Chinese have no history of fighting or colonizing each other. Their deepening unity will rattle the West, read Europe and the US, who often agree on most global issues. Remember both China and Russia are nuclear powers. That is why the Russian war games with China watching is not armless entertainment. The two nations closer diplomatic and economic ties will mean a counter weight to the West. The West might not shout loudly lest they drive Russia into Chinese hands with sanctions. The recent tariffs against Chinese imports by the US means the two Far East nations share some suffering from the same source. We often make friends when in problems. Recall how you got your best friend including your wife? Probably in adversity. The rising confidence for the nations, particularly might be from unlikely source, the Middle East where the Syria civil war is almost over with pro-Russian side winning. What of us? Are we just supposed to watch? Could the resources China be channeling to Africa now shift to Russia, which has lots of natural resources and nearer home? Might one belt and one road initiative get another fast lane to Russia? Or could this relationship mean Russia will join China in Africa, where she has been mostly absent? When did the last batch of Kenyans leave to study in Russia? Is it cool to go there? Will the two nations form an economic block that will grow fast and drag the rest of the economy along? Are we about to get a new engine of global economy? May be, it’s time we put more attention to the East and a bit of North East. We can even stretch our imaginations. The global warming, if unchecked, will unfreeze most of the northern Russia and Arctic sea - making it possible to sail to Western Europe via northern Russia instead of Indian ocean. That will mean less traffic in Indian Ocean which ‘hugs’ Africa, and less economic fortunes. It seems our fascination with the East did not start with the three wise men in the Bible, it has just begun. Are ready or we shall wake up when the horse has bolted?