That’s right Russians, Study up!
The Chinese newswires were burning last week with news that a Chinese language-learning craze has begun to sweep over Russia.
That’s right, Russians, study up hard and fast.
Even as Russia arrogantly provokes the West with nuclear bombers, it is being eaten alive in the East. It has been forced to shed two of its mighty eleven time zones in a hopeless and indeed pathetic effort to maintain the link with its Eastern reaches, but the juggernaut that is the Chinese economy and booming population will overwhelm that territory surely and inevitably, and the wise among the Russians know it.
And they are glad of it. China has an economy not based on vulgar, addict-like reliance on finite fossil fuels, but on diverse and wide-ranging manufacturing economy, while Russia makes nothing of the slightest interest to the outside world. China is a nation of industrious, self-sacrificing patriots who are struggling to build a really successful country, and even though it is burdened by the same type of draconian dictatorship as Russia, nonetheless it’s goverment is not so cynical, corrupt or incompetent as to totally disregard the national interests. China doesn’t buzz the US coastline with bombers, it hasn’t invaded helpless neighbors, and it churns out a wide variety of highly competitive consumer products.
Even with all that success, there are those who predict that China may be the “next Enron.” But if it is, then where does that leave Russia, which languishes as a pale shadow next to Chinese achievements? It leaves Russia, as the Atlantic magazine once famously put it, as “Zaire with permafrost.” Clever Russians see the writing on the wall, and they are preparing to jump ship before the whole thing plunges once again beneath the frigid tides.