Support Russia Insider - Go Ad-Free!

Why China-Russia Symbiosis Is Natural Reaction to Western Imperialism

  • Russia and China are very different civilisations, but their embrace is based on human values and transcends culture
  • Both countries wish to end the hold of Western imperialism over the world and establish a different order for the 21st century
  • The West has continually tried to subjugate and undermine China, and its people remember that

Jeff J. Brown has authored numerous books on China. He has travelled to over 85 countries, and runs the website 44 Days, where you can view his complete biography.

The text below is an excerpt from a longer interview with Jeff J. Brown.

This article originally appeared at The Vineyard of the Saker.


The Saker: Both Larchmonter445 and myself see the new relationship being built between China and Russia as one of symbiosis.  Larchmonter445 speaks of a “double Helix” and I call a “symbiosis”.  In my opinion, this symbiotic relationship between two empires/civilizations/superpowers is something unique in history and possibly one of the most important events in world history.  Do you think that we are exaggerating the importance of what Putin and Xi have put in motion or not?  If we are, how would you characterize and assess the type of relationship which is being built between Russia and China?

Jeff J. Brown: While clearly coming from very different backgrounds and civilizations, Putin and Xi have much in common philosophically, because so many of the aforementioned human values transcend cultures. The key is whether peoples’ leaders choose to follow them, and clearly the West’s haven’t done so, for the last 500 years. I think it is clear that Xi and Putin are trying to change the sordid dynamic of Western colonialism and are working hand in hand to make the 21st century different from the past.

Putin and Xi obviously like and respect each other as humans and leaders, but both countries and their peoples also have much in common. Yes, Russia and China committed genocide, as they expanded across Siberia, and out of the Yellow and Yangtze River basins, respectively, to create their “natural” borders. But other than China colonizing Vietnam from about 100BC-900AD, neither country poured across the planet like Europe and then America and Israel, devouring, like locusts, everything in their colonial/settler paths.

Also, both China and Russia have spiritual foundations that are different to the Catholic/Protestant/Jewish West, with China’s aforementioned 3-in-1 religion and Russia’s Orthodox Church. Yes, Russia has dirty hands for colonizing China, along with Westerners, during the 19th-20th centuries, but both countries can empathize with each other for constantly being invaded: Mongols, Japanese and Europeans. Both have had huge impacts on world philosophy, literature, the arts and music. Both countries have non-Latin languages, which are hard to learn for outsiders, making cultural connections with the rest of the world that much more difficult. Ironically, they often have to use an imperial European language to communicate with outsiders, even between themselves.

Appreciating all this commonality, it is an interesting speculation of history to wonder what would have happened if Mao and Khrushchev had not had their infamous, and ultimately, disastrous split in 1960. Just think of the possibilities for the world, if they had hung together against the West, especially now that we know Khrushchev was an early day Gorbachev, working tirelessly with John Kennedy behind the scenes for world peace, until America’s deep state coup d’état on Dealey Plaza, three years later.

So in fact, the Putin-Xi-Russia-China alliance is not an anomaly. It was simply put on hold for 55 years.

The SakerThere has been amazingly little coverage in the West of the new Russian Chinese Strategic Partnership (RCSP) and when there has been coverage of it, it was mostly looking at the tree and missing the forest, that is to say that contracts between the two countries were mentioned, joint military maneuvers described, and even some commentaries were made about a “rapprochement” between the two countries.  But the staggering implication of the two countries essentially joining each other at the hip in economic and military terms are never discussed in the West.  How much coverage of this new symbiosis has there been in China?  Are most Chinese people aware of the fact that Xi and Putin have basically made the two countries interdependent?

Jeff J. Brown: You can talk to any Chinese person on the street and they know the score. Russia good. America bad. Right now, Western Europe is getting a pass, for the most part, in the media. Like Putin & Co., I think Baba Beijing [Xi Jinping] is hoping that Europe, especially Germany, will break the chains of its demonic slavery to all things Uncle Sam, and come over from the dark side. That is still very much open to debate, especially after the shameless war crimes against humanity unfolding in the Ukraine, and now Macedonia, and Serbia, and Gladio, and NATO, and Greece, and NSA/MI6/BND – did I leave anything out?

Everytime Putin and Xi talk on the phone, every meeting between their foreign ministers, Sergei Lavrov and Wang Yi, every Russian dignitary who comes to China for an official visit, everytime Baba Beijing sends someone to Russia for a tête-à-tête, every deal signed – it all gets reported in China on Page One. The May 9th, 70th Anniversary Great Victory Moscow parade, with Xi sitting on Putin’s right side, as they watched the PLA proudly marching on Red Square below, was an 18 month culmination of Baba Beijing planting in the consciousness of the Chinese their commonality with the Russians, in victory over fascism. This new consciousness is going to be brought to dizzying heights in Beijing, on September 3rd, when Putin sits with Xi on Tiananmen Square, as China celebrates its 70th anniversary and an official, new national holiday: “Victory in the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression and World Fascism”. By including Japan’s name in the new holiday, Baba Beijing is almost daring Western leaders not to attend the parade, thus bonding China’s and Russia’s unique role in World War II history. In effect, it is not Russia’s celebration, nor just China’s celebration. It is their and their peoples’ collective victory. The importance of these two parades, their massive show of military force and solidarity, in the face of Western Empire, cannot be understated.

The Saker: There is little doubt that the US has done everything possible to alienate and antagonize Russia.  As for Europe, it has convincingly shown Russia that it is a US-run colony with no opinion or policy of its own.  So the Russian re-direction to the East, South and North is rather easy to explain.  But what has motivated China to decide join Russia in such a symbiotic relationship?  Did the USA not have much more to offer to China than Russia?

Jeff J. Brown: Both Russian and Chinese leadership know the classic book, Admiral Alfred Mahan’s The Influence of Sea Power upon History, 1660–1783 (1890). Its thesis is simple: control the high seas around Russia, China and the rest of Eurasia/Middle East, and you control the human and natural resources of Earth’s biggest continent. Then, in post 1990 Russia and with China’s meteoric economic rise, both sides saw the light (actually, until Putin was elected Prime Minister/President in 1999-2000, it was Kazakhstan’s Nursultan Nazarbaev, who was reading Sea Power). At first independently, and then together, Russia and China informally wrote their own Eurasian manifesto: Western Empire can control the high seas around us, but they cannot control the landmass of our continent, unless we let them. And thus, organizations like China’s Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Belts and Roads Initiative (B&R), and Russia’s Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) have become part and parcel of Asia’s lexicon and vision.

Foreigners laugh when I say this, but the Chinese simply don’t like the West. And with America as the Empire’s viper head, Uncle Sam comes in last place. The Chinese understand history much better than Westerners. They will never forget their Century of Humiliation, 1840-1949, when the UK and the US engaged in what is called, “the longest running and largest global criminal enterprise in world history” – enslaving the Chinese people with opium. They, along with the European colonial powers, then proceeded to cart off the nation’s silver bullion and rob it of its agricultural, mineral, forest and human resources.

When the slave trade was abolished in the United States in 1865, it was the Americans who took this fabulously profitable business model to China, where US flagships kidnapped and enslaved an estimated one million Chinese coolies, who were sold all over the New World. The Americans raked in this filthy lucre, until they were shamed into finally stopping it in 1874.

During WWII, the Americans plied the corrupt Chiang Kai-Shek with billions in cash and weapons (much of which he stole or sold to the Japanese), to fight Mao and the Red Army. Then the US made sure that Chiang and his mafia KMT made it safely to Taiwan, to be the West’s “real” China.

Since liberation in 1949 up till today, the US has relentlessly tried to destabilize and overthrow China’s Communist government, via Taiwan, Tibet, Xinjiang, Burma, Vietnam, Japan, Korea and on and on.

For the Chinese, what is there to like about the West, especially the USA?


Support Russia Insider - Go Ad-Free!

Our commenting rules: You can say pretty much anything except the F word. If you are abusive, obscene, or a paid troll, we will ban you. Full statement from the Editor, Charles Bausman.

Add new comment