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China, Russia teaming up

Referencing “China warns Trump on Taiwan policy” (Dec. 13) and “China deploying weapons on artificial reef, group says” (Dec. 16). Plus daily references to Russian hacking during U.S. presidential election. What is happening?

About three years ago (while living in South Korea) a local (Korean) TV reported on an important meeting between China and Russia. Since then, the claiming by China of all the China Sea to include almost all the islands in the entire sea, and the promise not to arm the reefs they are converting into islands. (We can see by Dec. 16’s article the value of their promise.)

In Europe, we see Russia working to reclaim areas lost in the breakup of the USSR. and the worries expressed by many of the countries that are unable to successfully defend themselves. China and Russia are plotting with each other, knowing that the U.S. is the only large country that has shown any will in standing against them.

We had better work toward constructing compromises. Our raging at each other is interpreted as weakness by our enemies as well as our allies. Our constant bickering gives both China and Russia confidence to carry out their 21st century aggression.

William Smith


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