Down in the bottom of a lot of news are reports that China and Russia held joint war games. Ho hum… The paranoid religious right is worried that this means Gog and Magog are joining and will someday invade the Middle East, but to a sane person it is merely a good sign of China flexing their muscles away from Taiwan for a change.
As for Russia, Putin is trying to upgrade the Russian Army, and of course cooperation in a China that is one of the main trading partners of the Eastern part of Russia is a good sign that China won’t be annexing Eastern Siberia for awhile.

But then I came across this:

The six member countries of SCO — China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan — will stage a joint anti-terrorism drill, dubbed “Peace Mission 2007” from Aug. 9 to 17.

Anti Terrorism?

The general conception of the exercise is: under the support of an international terrorist organization based in the north border of country N, a terrorist organization of country A launched an anti-government movement. At the headquarters of the joint drill, commanders from the six SCO members decide to annihilate the terrorists….

The exercise, which started on Aug. 9, was carried out first in Urumqi, capital of China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, and is being held later in Chelyabinsk.
About 4,000 troops and 80 aircraft from China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are participating in the joint exercises. silk road

Hmmm…
Notice the border with Afghanistan and Pakistan?

China supports Pakistan, and has been involved in training their military. If Musharef should fall and be replaced with an extremist Islamicist government, how would this affect China and the nearby countries?

Is there a reason that this war game posited terrorists from another country helping indigenous terror groups in a second country? (Hint: China has a small but worrisome Islamic ethnic group in their wild west).

But India worries that the Chinese might upset the balance of power in the region of Kashmir.  Does this have something to do with the US supporting India’s nuclear program?

Inquiring minds want to know what all of this means.

I don’t claim any expertise in this area of the world, but it appears that China is both a quiet ally of the USA in fighting the Taliban/Alqaeda while laying plans to exploit the oil rich ex Soviet republics along the ancient Silk Road.

Sounds like Kipling’s “Great Game”…

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Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines. Her website is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket 

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