Why Russia’s Biggest Threat is Actually China

Why Russia’s Biggest Threat is Actually China

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51 Responses

  1. RealLifeLore says:

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    • Ace Kelizers says:

      Why do you think Russia keeps India soo close? is it because of Untrustable China 🤔

    • heidi Rabenau says:

      ​@אדיר אלעד Because it had some many fake facts.

    • Opmac Ace says:

      Can you stop flipping the world map

    • Morbitz Ts says:

      This video was made without the historical artifice that China considers Russia a brother after the territorial return agreement in the Kharakan manifesto. especially after the West’s betrayal of the Veirsailles agreement on the return of Shandong from Germany to Japan

    • Morbitz Ts says:

      This video was made without Asian intelligence especially Chinese. China has a lot of petroleum deposits, especially in Xinjiang, as well as the largest user in the world

  2. Sergio Acevedo says:

    I always saw the Russian-Chinese “alliance” as the definition of “there are no allies, only common interests”.

  3. Andy Bryson says:

    Please take note of joint naval exercises currently taking place in the Indian Ocean with involvement of both Russia & PRC alongside South Africa. Many believe that South Africa is heading toward civil war and see these naval exercises as an attempt the the ANC government (who’s popularity has recently been in decline), to gain support from these superpowers in the event of civil war. Would be very interesting if you could do a video covering this issue

    • RM says:

      @andrefiliks I know exactly which country you’re talking about. A disturbingly large amount of parallels between the two in how corruption tears everything apart.

    • Chenda Forrest says:

      Yes I worry about South Africa, especially with much of its middle class moving abroad. Just needs a competent government to turn things around.

    • Fallout Battlefield says:

      @Thomas Herrin no I check the data. Chile economy is 300 billion. Russia economy is 2.13 trillion just slightly less than Canada and slightly greater than Italy

    • _________ says:

      @Thomas Herrin  being second place with the largest population and with rampant unchecked imperialist action in several diff avenues, I think it’s silly to deny China status of superpower

    • Thomas Herrin says:

      ​@Michael China’s economy is second at present but declining, Russias economy is equivalent to Chile’s!?!

  4. Lavish Kumar says:

    I got a sudden chill when you started talking about water scarcity and how conflicts may arise from it. The saying that my parents used to say that “one day, there will be a war for water” is beginning to come into fruition.

    • suzbone says:

      Y’all are all forgetting the massive quantities of super-salinated wastewater that desalinization plants create. Finding the energy to run such plants is just the first hurdle. Don’t get me wrong I hope we can figure that shit out, it’s just NOT simple, and anyone acting like it is, is being a simpleton.

    • Shiv Patel says:

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  5. Christine Berven says:

    The friendship agreement between Russia and China prompted me to think of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact. They might be cooperating now, but there is no guarantee for now long that may last.

    • Rishi says:

      @Scott Willie Fingers crossed.

    • Rishi says:

      @Jeff Williams Thanks for the kind words. I completely agree with you, man. Russia actually made a request to NATO to become a member of NATO, but its request was denied. This was a foolish decision based on what was at that time an obsolete Cold War mentality, because the Cold War had ended at that time. But of course America wanted the Cold War to continue and its wish came true, so now we’re back at square one. It is genuinely bizarre to me how America did everything it could to exclude and marginalise Russia after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, even though uniting with Russia against China would have been unequivocally good for America’s foreign policy interests. Russia allowed itself to become more vulnerable because of the dissolution of the Soviet Union as a way of extending an olive branch to America and America responded by spitting on that olive branch. Including Russia in NATO makes NATO stronger, because Russia has the most nuclear weapons in the world and the fastest missiles in the world. If America, an anti-China Russia, Europe, India and a remilitarised Japan joined forces against China back in the 90s, China would be 7 different countries today.

    • Scott Willie says:

      @Rishi That can never happen so long as the Neocons (who have a blood hatred of Russians that goes back centuries) remain in power in Washington. Trump would have to win in 2024 and really drain the swamp for any hope of US-Russian rapprochement.

    • Rishi says:

      @yong lim: “So you are safe from US prosecution because you are not there anyway.”

      Actually, I am in the US and I haven’t been prosecuted because this country doesn’t prosecute people for criticising its government, unlike the government of China. Also, Assange was prosecuted for reasons not related to criticising the US government. Try harder, dickhead. lol

    • Ulf Osterberg says:

      @Eddie Crane Heli King china is waiting. Russia gets weaker every day….

  6. Сергей Литвинюк says:

    Never would I have thought that my home city of Khabarovsk would be mentioned in RealLifeLore video😅

    To add to you – there were 2 treaties in 19th century – in 1858 and in 1860 to get the territories that are now the Russian Far East. And Khabarovsk was built in 1858 right after the treaty, but was actually not on the Russian territory (it is on the left side of the Amur river, but in 1858 only the right side of Amur was Russian), and became legal only in 1860, 2 years after establishment

    • Сергей Литвинюк says:

      @Fracco Zeta 😂😂😂

    • Fracco Zeta says:

      ​@flyin pug first give Ukraine to Russia,then talk about like make your city better or what😂😂

    • Fracco Zeta says:

      ​@Сергей Литвинюк so.small.part lol😂

    • Oleksandr says:

      You have Ukrainian surname. I wonder why your hometown is Khabarovsk

    • Sejanus says:

      ​@Сергей Литвинюк
      That’s actually very interesting thank you! I wouldn’t ever have managed that especially after the 2000s countries would still freely exchange territories. Even if the country is as huge as Russia

  7. Shankar Bhaskar says:

    Excellent documentary, well researched and well presented with interesting map orientation respective to countries located and their geopolitical interests.

  8. Joseph Gray says:

    I’m binging on a lot of geopolitics videos since the last year and I got to say, this one is really brilliant. Very insightful

    • userful1 says:

      @WM Right? The US doesn’t encircle China, it’s only a “perceived encirclement” 🤣 Heard it right when I read your comment and laughed so hard. Whatever China and Russia does, it’s of course an aggression, whatever the US does is peaceful and it’s only “perceived” aggression. If the video goes the way of X is bad, everyone should be “bad”, if not, than don’t make out someone the “good”.

    • Георги Паскалев says:

      I have seen them and they all use the same retarded points none of them know what they talk about they just lie or use statistics in order to pass a narrative, they dont know anything about the social part of russia or hoe its people think.

    • Joseph Gray says:

      @Yeska Austral What about Mongolia?

    • WM says:

      @Volgal Your understanding of the world is too superficial. We live in a world with US dollar and western financial system. China and Thailand are only the exploited subjects in this ecosystem. Don’t you think it ridiculous that you should count the economic problems of Thailand on China’s account?

    • Yeska Austral says:

      Leaving Mongolia out of the equation seems like a deliberate omission

  9. Mark Martin says:

    I would find it useful if you added a north arrow when you rotate the map. It gets really confusing seeing continents and small countries upside down when I take my off the screen for a second then try to reorient myself viewing these maps.

    • suzbone says:

      I personally appreciate the shifted perspectives, as they add so much understanding to the underlying issues, histories, and motivations.

      My big pet peeve is when someone uses any color than blue for water. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY?

    • Legyen Géza says:

      “North is up bias”… Why do you have to fight against everything? Will someone fight against the breathing air bias soon?

    • David Burton says:

      I totally agree, Mark.

    • casbott says:

      ​@Jimmy M I blink my eyes, so I do lose the perspective.
      It’s a matter of making the presentation accessible to the wider audience.

      If only “map nerds” who have recently used eye drops are able to follow it, then you’re not presenting it correctly.

    • dukeofthedance says:

      @_fisheater That’s the best reply. If it’d been any longer, or too many times it would given me a huge headache.

  10. Owl Raider says:

    Just a small correction, the territory ceded by China to Russia in 1858 was Manchuria in its entirety not just Outer Manchuria. Inner Manchuria was eventually returned to China while Outer Manchuria remained in Russian hands and is where the port city of Vladivostok is located. You can see this discrepancy in your own maps, with your statement on supposed ‘outer Manchuria’ encompassing the border with North Korea while in the next map which still talks about outer Manchuria that territory suddenly shrunk(inner Manchuria back to Chinese hands as it currently is).

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