Railways and Pipelines Bring Peace and Prosperity
Washington should face up to facts and accept that the U.S. must cooperate with China and Russia rather than maintaining its aggressive stance.
Two major developments in international commercial conveyance were reported in August and September, but neither of them received much cover by mainstream western media. First was the news that the China-Europe rail link was proving outstandingly successful, as recounted by the Xinhua news agency and Spain’s EFE, and second came the story on September 6 that the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline linking Russia and Germany was about to come on line, which was covered by the Oil Price website and to an extent by Deutsche Welle which didn’t mention the official statement by Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. But the New York Times, for example, did not consider the development newsworthy in even a minor fashion, and a search of the paper’s website was entirely negative, as it was for all the west’s major outlets.
It is intriguing that these two significant affairs were so comprehensively disregarded rather than being welcomed in most western capitals, and it goes some way to explaining the shaky state of international relations to examine some of the reasons behind the seeming antipathy of western governments and media to successful cooperative ventures involving China and Russia.
Opposition to the Nord Stream project has been widespread and hard-hitting, with Poland, for example, being particularly critical. In July its deputy foreign minister met with the visiting Counsellor of the U.S. Department of State, Derek Chollet and declared that “Poland considers this project to be detrimental to the security of not only Ukraine, not only Central Europe, but also to the security of the whole of Europe, making the EU dependent on Russian gas, contrary to earlier declarations regarding the need to diversify energy sources.” Predictably, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Victoria Nuland, she who greatly assisted the 2014 coup in Ukraine, said it is a “bad pipeline” and spoke with relish about the lurking sanctions that would be imposed “should Moscow use the pipeline as a political weapon.”
The “political weapon” argument is interesting, mainly because this pipeline is all about bringing reasonably-priced natural gas to about 26 million households in Europe. That is, it’s about people, not politics. Of course there is an economic benefit to Russia, whose gas is being piped for 1230 kilometres (764 miles) under the Baltic, and it would be surprising if there were no commercial gain, because, as the U.S. would be first to aver, that is one of the many positive results of international trade.
But there are many U.S. legislators who have different views and no regard for the benefits to European citizens or anyone else. The U.S. agency Radio Free Europe reported Senator Rob Portman (Republican-Ohio) as tweeting that “Nord Stream 2 will strengthen Russia, undermine America’s national interest, and threaten the security of Ukraine — a key U.S. ally,” while D
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