THE QUAD COMES TO MONGOLIA, OR IS IT REALLY THE QUADRUPLE ENTENTE?

THE QUAD COMES TO MONGOLIA, OR IS IT REALLY THE QUADRUPLE ENTENTE?

As regular readers here know, in recent weeks I've been covering the emergence of "The Quad" (as it is being called by the pundits), or the "Quadruple Entente" as I have dubbed it. Both terms are meant to symbolize an emerging geopolitical consensus that "China is a problem," cannot be trusted, and must be "contained." There is a small difference between the two. In most people's thinking, the "Quad" is the emerging alignment of India, Japan, Australia, and the USA, fast-tracked by the recent Sino-Indian border clashes, and evidenced by the recent bilateral pact between India and Japan to provide each other logistical support in the event of a military conflict with you-know-who. As readers here know, I've been proposing the very bizarre idea that Russia, rather than Australia, is the real "fourth member" of this emerging bloc. At first glance, that seems absurd, since Russia has stated it remains committed to its relationship with China. Indeed, it will remain so, but such analyses tend to overlook in my opinion what Russia does as it concentrates on what Russia says.

What Russia has done recently is to move more missile batteries into Siberia, to suspend delivery of its S400 surface to air missile system to China, while at the same time allowing a delivery of the same system to proceed  to India in the immediate aftermath of the border Sino-Indian border clashes, and in return, receiving a credit from that country in excess of a billion dollars. One should also add the arrest of a Chinese spy in Russia for passing along nuclear secrets to the Communist Chinese. None of these are moves that will endear Russia to the Chinese leadership, and they're a clear message to the Chinese leadership.

With that context in mind, G.B. sent the following article, which on the face of it does not seem like a "big deal" but I contend it's highly significant, and perhaps even crosses into "whopper doozie" territory:

Japan, Mongolia to cooperate on ‘Free and Open Indo-Pacific’

The article appears innocent enough:

The foreign ministers of Japan and Mongolia agreed Friday to cooperate in promoting a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific,” a vision that Tokyo is pushing with the U.S. and other “like-minded” countries to counter China’s growing assertiveness in the region.

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi held talks in Ulaanbaatar on Friday with his Mongolian counterpart, Nyamtseren Enkhtaivan. Motegi’s visit came after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo canceled a trip to Mongolia because of President Donald Trump’s COVID-19 infection.

Motegi, who agreed with counterparts from the U.S., Australia and India at “Quad” talks in Tokyo on Tuesday to seek more countries’ support for the FOIP concept of security and economic cooperation in ensuring open sea lanes to the Middle East. China claims most of the South China Sea.

Mongolia, of course, shares a long common border with China and of course was once the occasion for China's building of the Great Wall. But power relationships between the countries has changed over the centuries. China's enormous population, industrial might, technological prowess have far eclipsed poor Mongolia. Enter Japan, no slouch in those areas either. But adding Mongolia to the scales of the Quad is rather like adding a feather to the scales which are otherwise weighted down with more massive material. Its addition does not add much by way of changing the balance of power...

...except...

...that all this conveniently ignores a historical relationship that Mongolia has had with another country in the region, a relationship that has persisted before the turn of the last century, and that country is Russia. Throughout the entirety of the Cold War, for example, Mongolia was virtually a puppet state of that country.

Or to put it country simple: Tokyo negotiating with Ulaanbaatar is really Tokyo negotiating with Moscow, for it almost beggars belief that Mongolia would come to such agreements with Japan without a wink and a nod from Moscow, and similarly, Japan would not negotiate directly with Mongolia without a wink and a nod from Swampington, D.C. In this context, it should not be forgotten that Japan and Russia were able, under former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, to set aside outstanding disagreements concerning the two countries' claims over the Kurile islands to ink some trade agreements. Russia needs capital to build out its Siberian infrastructure and to modernize the Transiberian railroad, a route which runs close to Mongolia along many miles. It's to Russia's interest to prevent Chinese penetration of that country. Japan has the needed capital for Russia's infrastructure projects, and the high-speed rail technology to match Russia's infrastructure aspirations, while Russia has energy resources close to hand, and not subject to Chinese interdiction of energy supplies flowing through the South China Sea, that Japan needs. It's in the geopolitical interest of both countries to work together over the long term regardless of what Swampington, D.C. may say.

So my bottom line here is, Japan negotiating with Mongolia with the implied "nod and wink" from Moscow to my mind highlights once again the possibility that Russia, while not a formal member of "the Quad" is acting an awful lot like it's at least a member of the Quaduple Entente.

See you on the flip side...

23 thoughts on “THE QUAD COMES TO MONGOLIA, OR IS IT REALLY THE QUADRUPLE ENTENTE?”

  1. Well, now that I’ve seen “useful idiots” mentioned 8 times in the comments, I’ll just make it 10 by pointing out that useful idiots are the world’s most important renewable resource.

  2. An interesting rogues gallery of useful idiots that are being arrayed against China. Much like the useful idiots that were used to surround Russia during the Cold War.

  3. An interesting rogues gallery of useful idiots that are being arrayed against China. Much like the useful idiots that were used to surround Russia during the Cold War. Anybody for a thermonuclear war Zardoz here we come.

  4. An interesting rogues gallery of useful idiots that are being arrayed against China. Much like the useful idiots that were used to surround Russia during the Cold War. An old playbook post-1066 that the Normans have used to sow chaos in continental Europe since they established themselves in London. The UK operates like a criminal syndicate than a legitimate state.

  5. An interesting rogues gallery of useful idiots that are being arrayed against China. Much like the useful idiots that were used to surround Russia during the Cold War. An old playbook post-1066 that the Normans have used to sow chaos in continental Europe since they established themselves in London.

  6. Two sides of Joseph’s observations:

    On one level, we are seeing the old 1984 scenario of Oceania, Eurasia, and Eastasia being ‘rearranged’ at will. Whether you believe this is random politicking or is being conducted from the top down depends on your degree of paranoia or enlightenment. I tend to go with Miles Mathis’ “Phoenician Navy” or Charles Fort’s “We are Owned” observations…

    On a more insular level, every time USSR/Russia and China try to get together, the hidden controllers and alphabet agencies get to work. They undertake to break them up. Usually, one nation is picked as a ‘favorite’, and lots of goodwill and offers are made to them – if they will break from the other ‘disfavored’ nation. The last time this was done, it was Kissinger/Nixon splitting-off China from Russia. This time, it appears to be the courting of Russia and the demonization of China. We will see if the Russians and Chinese learned anything from the last machinations

    1. I don’t think it’s too hard to drive a wedge between Russia and China. If my impression is correct, there’s a real cultural conflict between them, with mutual suspicion and disdain.

  7. The Ronald Reagan Carrier group recently made a U-turn and is heading back to the South China sea as it increases exercises. Exercises within any military branch is not anything new, yet the circumstances over there are certainly precarious.

    Talks about capacity building seem a good thing as those folks in the Asian region need them to happen for their own security.

    And then there are those troublemakers who seek advantages while throwing their excessive bully weight around perhaps thinking, “Ah, they’re leaving; time to move another chess piece over that contested Sea. There’s no surprising most folks about who and what “game is a foot.” (Again)

    Talks are good. So is action.

  8. Swampington DC!…Ha ha ha ha! That’s So funny! My dingbat brother lives there and that’s exactly what that town has become. A festering swamp of impudent fools.
    Great post Dr. Joseph, spot on I believe.

    1. I LOVE “Whopper Doosies” myself–wouldn’t mind a chocolate covered one with almonds! I supposed we should wait until Nov. 4 to see where the chips fall…but conflict will not end there. Keep the ice cream in the freezer until smoke clears.

  9. Of the countries that have the largest land borders with China, the top three (in descending order) are: Mongolia, Russia, and India. Might have something to do with it.

  10. I think what we are seeing is severe infighting among the “owners” of the USA.

    All countries spy and try to get compromising material but the Mossad won’t give up their control of the US government to China without a fight.

    China was about to get control of a president and a lot of congress with blackmail material. The Mossad viewed this as China cutting in on their turf and retaliated by “leaking” the stuff that China has on the Biden family.

    1. TRM, very interesting! Thanks. That explains a lot of things. We are seeing ‘levers of control’ being exposed at an increasing rate. It is too bad that the average sheeple will not grok to being owned and do something about it…

  11. My frame in this reading of China, odd ball out; is one of war[WW1/WW11]., Both those were made to happen; both were looking to achieve geopolitical gains in territory, money, & power by pitting nation state against nation state.
    Yet, herein is a conundrum. There is current war on nation states that’s been ongoing for decades. But recently it went hot, starting w/gaming a virus outbreak on[or about] October 18, 2019. Currently all nation states caved in to the new sheriff[w/the exception of three nation states, Sweden bein the most prominent and recognizable.
    So whose, pray tell, is spearheading this quarantine of China, and all other nation states[minus three]; the populations of Earth, and the killing of small businesses first, followed by those who are not the NWO chosen, followed by the worldwide economies.
    Does China’s leader, not want to share power; while the other nation states got down upon their masked knees, before their master?
    Is space, the prize?
    In that who ever controls the heavens, controls [Earth}?
    Lots of control[money, social engineering scores, vaccines mind control, and the list goes on giving control, after control.
    What a living dystopian nightmare for the weak of spirit, mind and body.
    Where are those fighting spirits that sacrificed so much for their Shakespearian children/How sharper than a serpent’s tooth is a thankless child ? [that the frame; now to today’s blog]

    Russia is definitely against the covid1984 puppet masters .
    Apparently, the NWO’s pod, placed in Putin’s bed, was compromised/defective? Russia even beat the puppet master’s vaccine extravaganza to the shot[NWO bottom profit & loss bottom line]
    Yes, interesting times.
    Russia is certainly drawing a tight & loose thread through the eye of the camel[NWO’s nose in the tent?]?
    Covid1984 growing number one job market:
    Nose jobs/Put the mask over your nose, slave.

    1. This covid1984 exemplifies one of the ongoing and growing problems: You can’t even see the surveillance because the state has planted it inside the heads of her subjects.
      State terror will ten remain an ever-present background radiation, in these covid1984 power ops of totalitarianism dressed as digital garb[example, contact tracing]

  12. I think this is result of this….
    https://www.mea.gov.in/press-releases.htm?dtl/31826/State_Visit_of_President_of_Mongolia_to_India_September_1923_2019#:~:text=Khaltmaagiin%20Battulga%2C%20President%20of%20Mongolia,2.

    “ndia and Mongolia had established a Strategic Partnership in 2015 during the visit of Prime Minister Modi to Mongolia. A number of high-level exchanges have taken place since then. The partnership has seen considerable progress during the last few years. India-Mongolia Strategic Partnership is based on the ideals of freedom and democracy and on a strong foundation of our shared Buddhist heritage. India is executing an Oil Refinery Project under its Line of Credit of US$ 1 billion announced during the vist of Prime Minister Modi in 2015.”

    1. There is an understanding between India & Japan, India soften up the ground with diplomacy, and then Japan enters into it.

      While providing more credits, and cheap manpower, construction companies from India do that project.

      1. Yes Dana, unrelenting in their countless covid1984 propaganda across all media platforms. I got my “The Week” magazine this week; chalk full of it, even a book promoting “The Doctor Who Fooled the World. Science, Deception, and the War on Vaccines by Brian Deer”.
        A hit piece on the anti-vaccine movement.
        ‘They’re” despicable beyond any measure.

        They even use the phrase, “Breathe Free”, as an advertising benefit/feature of their Covid1984 masks for sale!

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