CHINA TO EUROPE: LET’S INCLUDE THE MOON IN THE SILK ROAD

There may be a new twist to China's Silk Road economic and infrastructure strategy, one that has truly enormous geopolitical and commercial implications. First, let's recall where exactly we are in terms of China's Silk Road project. A few weeks ago, the first freight train from China arrived in... London. Now, Mr. J. has shared an article that indicates the return trip, loaded with British goods, has been made:

First direct London-China train completes 12,000 km run

The date of this achievement, April 29, was just a few days ago. Similarly, one can also imagine similar trips from London all the way to Vladivostok (with the appropriate stop to convert cars to the wider Russian gauge). In any case, that this means is that the Eurasian land mass is already connected. The real project is to build it out, and make those connections even more redundant.

So with that in mind, consider these two articles, which many of you noticed this week:

Europe & China Discuss Moonbase Partnership

Will we soon build a VILLAGE on the moon? China is in talks with Europe about launching a lunar settlement

There are statements in three paragraphs that caught my attention in the first article:

As with all things in this new age of space exploration, collaboration appears to be the key to making things happen.  This certainly seems to be the case when it comes to the China National Space Administration (CNSA) and the ESA’s respective plans for lunar exploration. As spokespeople from both agencies announced this week, the CNSA and the ESA hope to work together to create a “Moon Village” by the 2020s.

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Yulong and Hvistendahl indicated that this base would aid in the development of lunar mining, space tourism, and facilitate missions deeper into space – particularly to Mars. It would also build upon recent accomplishments by both agencies, which have successfully deployed robotic orbiters and landers to the Moon in the past few decades. These include the CNSA’s Chang’e missions, as well as the ESA’s SMART-1 mission.

As part of the Chang’e program, the Chinese landers explored the lunar surface in part to investigate the prospect of mining Helium-3, which could be used to power fusion reactors here on Earth....

And lest we forget, China and Europe are exploring the use of 3D Printing in their extraterrestrial human colony schemes:

In addition, its is likely that the construction of this base will rely on additive manufacture (aka. 3-d printing) techniques specially developed for the lunar environment. In 2013, the ESA announced that they had teamed up with renowned architects Foster+Partners to test the feasibility of using lunar soil to print walls that would protect lunar domes from harmful radiation and micrometeorites.

If one looks closely at these proposals, they are nothing less than the extension of the New Silk Road project concepts to space itself. And in this respect, it's interesting the Chinese and Europeans are discussing concepts, plans, and possibilities directly with each other.

This, I submit, is another geopolitical earthquake, and it presages yet another eventuality: if Europe opts to go with China in these developments, inevitably, this will mean an economic, geopolitical, and military break with NATO and the USA. Why? Well, other than the obvious reasons, there are the not-so-obvious reasons. I and others have repeatedly said, and warned, that where there is space commercialization, there will inevitably space militarization and weaponization; one has to protect all those very expensively developed space assets from potential competitors and interdiction. China has already demonstrated a sophisticated anti-satellite capability; Russia probably has an equal if not more sophisticated capability, but they're being typically secretive about it. Europe most likely has developed similar technologies. In any case, the point is, that rest assured the Chinese and Europeans are talking about Moon tourism, mining, permanent human colonies there, the use of 3d printing to construct such habitats.

But one can also be absolutely certain that, behind closed doors, and at very high levels, the Chinese and Europeans also have been discussing those other issues...

See you on the flip side...

16 thoughts on “CHINA TO EUROPE: LET’S INCLUDE THE MOON IN THE SILK ROAD”

  1. Yes the road of silk, and a very painfull one, more than 24 days to travel 15 000 Km.
    This train could have been a double steam engine. Double because the same train, who leave France was very long.

    At least, chinese ZONG GUO (center conutry) receive tribute from subordinate aliens !

    Y GE FA GUO REN!

    About moon mining, a joke, but the important thing is to go, build and stay on the Moon ( geostrategy ).

    ORTHO
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  2. Rather than going ‘Back to the Future’, I am going ‘Back to the Past’ for a projection of humanity on the Moon. Jamestown (Virginia) initially failed economically. It was only when they became a drug manufacturer (tobacco) that the colony financially paid-back its stakeholders.

    I think that example will extend to the future. Barring gee-whiz SSP transportation capabilities, there is not much on the Moon that will outweigh the HUGE shipping costs (including He3) back to Terra. Hence, it will be something addictive or something really ‘ungettable’ on Earth that will pay-back investors. It has to be UNIQUE, good or bad…

    (And yes, I think that the Chinese ‘goosing’ NASA is one of the best things that has happened in fifty years…)

  3. Robert Barricklow

    For an exploratory intelligent life form you’d think humanity’s so-called “leaders” could get past the Mr. Haney/Dr. Strangelove paradigm.
    I’d like to see China move the public bank form in parallel with the silk-road and beyond to the stars; and that humanity would then eventually progress towards a living economy for all.
    I can’t see these 21st century corporate fascist executive-type bots continuing to lay claim to some of the cheapest moon locations in the solar system; while, at the same time, scoping out the cheapest, no-questions-asked mercenaries to protect those assets.
    Is this becoming a futuristic Twilight Zone’s race-to-the-bottom? An expanding corporate fascism, outwards and onwards – to a Buzz Lightyear’s infinity & beyond!

  4. OrigensChild

    My original comments with respect to the Antarctica story and pictures is now out of moderation.

  5. marcos toledo

    We should have been partying on the Moon by 2001, instead we have been playing a deadly game of kabuki theater with real death and destruction worldwide, since the end of the Apollo program. Here’s hoping that a China-Russo-European alliance puts an end to the Norman-America dream of Mad Max World.

  6. I doubt that England could be trusted to swing out from America’s folded wing any more than Israel or the EU could be. Naturally, every nation ought to act in its own best interests. But nation states subsumed by the modern central banking system may reasonably be expected to act, at least temporarily, outside their own best interests — pursuing instead those of their financial masters, whose interests would always include subverting the interests of any nation outside their system.

    But so long as China continues to blow up her own disastrous credit bubble, expanding infrastructure out to every corner of the world, she may as well shoot for the moon too. After the world has heard her inevitable giant popping sound, perhaps such railways may yet prove profitable — if not for consumer goods then surely at least for human trafficking. Who knows, even 3-D lunar bases might yet prove useful — supplying to all of us, we slaves of Earth, a daily ration of moon cheese.

    We might also hope said rail system represented the building of a so-called Snowpiercer, within which the last remnants of our sad human population could rattle around the icy globe awaiting an end to the latest ice age. But the idea that Russia and China might have developed technologies which would stymie those of the West, either establishing a perfect weapons stalemate or a total systems dominance, in spite of the trillions funneled into countless research and development projects by the latter superpower, seems an even more far-fetched notion than any of the scenarios previously mentioned — which is to say, it is far more likely we would endure a world war and annihilation or total human subjugation than a forced but peaceful retirement of the American empire — its oldest financiers retired along with it.

    A rosy scenario such as this would require an act of god or alien, neither of which I would take at face value — though both of which I would welcome. There will be no fall of the American empire akin to that of the U.S.S.R., after which our advanced weapons might lay dormant or be smuggled beyond our borders to be sold on the black markets of the third world. These latest space-age systems will either be used in commerce or they will be used in war — failing again their preemptive destruction or disabling by the aforementioned non-human parties. And if used in commerce, these systems would ensure that the American empire persists, whether it were eventually rid of her central bank financiers or yet controlled by them.

    1. If one assumed for the sake of argument that the U.S.S. Donald Cook indeed sustained a debilitating attack by a Russian Su-24 bomber upon its electrical systems, how could one fail to conclude that the Russians were not only far from secretive about their advanced capabilities but were, if not alone in having outfitted their regular forces with them, at least alone among world powers in using them openly? Yet to assume from this apparent display of Russian systems superiority that America, or the West generally, might lack a technological answer to this open Russian challenge, simply because they hadn’t deployed same to the region or, if deployed, hadn’t EMployed it, would be still less defensible. America, or its owners, seems quite content to send ill-equipped conventional military assets into theaters of war, relying upon only a modest technological superiority.

      The use of more advanced weapons systems they apparently reserve for Malaysian airliners, Manhattan skyscrapers, and Japanese reactors, though even these covert displays likely do not represent the full extent of their capabilities. Wasn’t it Lockheed’s Ben Rich who indicated as much? Our best hope therefore wouldn’t be that America lacked the ability to match the technologies of Russia, et al., but that her relatively sparse use of it earth-side reflects, if not a measured conservatism, at least an inaction born of evenly opposed agendas or mutually assured destruction.
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  7. Vomito Blanco

    Too late. Trump has already promised the Moon to Ivanka who was planning on using it as a vacation house… until her husband informed her the Kushner Global Initiative was instead bequeathing the Moon to Chabad Lubavitch who plan to carve the Moon into the likeness of Rebbe Menachem Schneerson.

      1. Vomito Blanco

        In a further twist, the sculptured has been commissioned to a band of off-planet nazis who will carve the Rebbe Moon face using giant space based lasers in exchange for not being blamed for WWIII, exemption of Moon worship, and free reign to manipulate the Sun which they will turn into the likeness of Adolf Hitler.

        1. Vomito Blanco

          Marine La Pen has not agreed to this or any other Chabad lubavitch demand so therefore will not get their help in winning the election like Trump did.

        2. Vomito Blanco

          Of course, no one will be able to tell the Sun looks like Adolf Hitler except those who few are able to look directly at the Sun and the Vatican with their solar telescopes. It will be a secret just for nazis, the papacy, and internet conspiracy theorists.

          1. Phil the Thrill

            Don’t sell yourself short even for once, Vomito! You (and everyone with eyes, for that matter) CAN look directly at the sun, just like myself and lots of other sungazers do! You just gotta do it when the UV index is zero.
            ….It is a little weird to ponder gazing upon the radiantly beaming face of Adolf Hitler, though…..

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