In 1940, Germany and Russia were temporary allies and there was even talk in Moscow about joining the Axis. Britain and France briefly considered declaring war on both, as Germany invaded Poland from the west and the Soviets soon invaded from the east, and later invaded Finland as well. But in reality, Germany and Russia were not closely allied like Britain and France. Both Hitler and Stalin were anticipating war with each other. Stalin hoped Germany would wear itself out against France and Britain so that Soviet armies could invade Germany in 1942. Instead, France surrendered after a few weeks of fighting, and Germany invaded Russia in 1941.
A similar situation has existed in recent decades between Russia and China. Long ago, China was weak and Russia forced China to cede territory in the Far East. By the 1950s both were communist nations with mutual enemies, but China was by far the weaker and less developed partner. That situation has reversed, with China now having by far the stronger military, larger economy, and greater population. China is analogous in some ways to Germany in the 1930s – unhappy with the status quo and gaining strength, readying itself for war against previously invincible naval powers. China’s huge population lacks natural resources most easily found to its north, in the sparsely populated Russian regions of Siberia and the Far East.
While on the surface, the two large nations still seem friendly, this alliance is limited and temporary. Someday China may choose to take land and resources from Russia, and the Russians know it. In the late 1960s the Soviets had several tense border skirmishes with China, and strongly considered a preemptive nuclear war against their growing rival into the 1970s. Soviet leaders at the Kremlin even asked U.S. President Nixon if the U.S. would agree to stay out of such a war should they attack China. In the 21st century, Russia is still wary of Chinese strength but Russia is also encircled by a strong United States, forcing Russia to be the desperate junior partner in relations with China. If the U.S. and NATO succeed in defeating Russia in Ukraine and Russian grows even weaker, China could move in to seize huge portions of Russia.
In 2015, an article in the New York Times showed this map of a hypothetical future after China seizes most of Russia:
In that article, Frank Jacobs wrote: “Siberia is as resource-rich and people-poor as China is the opposite. The weight of that logic scares the Kremlin…. The border, all 2,738 miles of it, is the legacy of the Convention of Peking of 1860 and other unequal pacts between a strong, expanding Russia and a weakened China after the Second Opium War…. The 1.35 billion Chinese people south of the border outnumber Russia’s 144 million almost 10 to 1…. especially the border area, where only 6 million Russians face over 90 million Chinese. With intermarriage, trade and investment across that border, Siberians have realized that, for better or for worse, Beijing is a lot closer than Moscow.
The vast expanses of Siberia would provide not just room for China’s huddled masses, now squeezed into the coastal half of their country by the mountains and deserts of western China. The land is already providing China, “the factory of the world,” with much of its raw materials, especially oil, gas and timber. Increasingly, Chinese-owned factories in Siberia churn out finished goods, as if the region already were a part of the Middle Kingdom’s economy.
One day, China might want the globe to match the reality. In fact, Beijing could use Russia’s own strategy: hand out passports to sympathizers in contested areas, then move in militarily to “protect its citizens.”
Russian leaders definitely don’t want that scenario to happen. American leaders shouldn’t want to see that happen either, as China would completely dominate the world economy. But instead of containing China and developing friendship with Russia, Western leaders do the opposite.
From a traditional geopolitical perspective, it would be United States policy to help the weaker of these two great powers and make sure one could not completely take over the other. But the United States policy has long ago abandoned a strategy of looking out for the best interests of the United States. America pushes a globalist agenda, which requires the destruction of successful nation states such that the scared and desperate populations will accept a globalist government to take care of them in their time of crisis. Consider the following quote:
“I was reading a document that was authored by George Soros over 10 years ago in which he talks specifically about this all-out war that would ultimately come against Russia because he said this ‘was the last nationalist state that rests on a foundation of orthodox Christian culture with Russian identity at its core. That has to be removed. So I think that the people who are in charge in the west and the people in charge in Washington think they have successfully destroyed the identities of the European and American peoples, that we have no sense of ourselves, our borders are undefended, we present no resistance to the incoming migrants from the developing world who essentially roll over us as though we owe them a living and that our laws do not count. Thus, far I would say that is an accurate evaluation of what we’ve been doing. And I think that’s a great victory for George Soros and the globalists, the anti-nationalists; those who want open borders what they call it an “Open Society” because you end up with nothing, an amorphous mass of people struggling to survive…. This is not a minor matter. This is the kind of thinking that is so destructive and so evil, in my judgement, that that’s what we’re really dealing with in our own countries and I think Putin recognizes that.” (Douglas Macgregor – A Huge Offensive, https://www.unz.com/mwhitney/the-plan-to-wreck-america/)
From a completely different perspective, various prophecies have said the hope of Western civilization will someday lie in Christian Russia. At Fatima, where young girls said they saw visions of the Virgin Mary warning of future events like Russia’s descent into communism, WWII, and WWIII – the girls describe a future when Russia has cast off its communist errors and embraced Christianity. The American psychic known as “the sleeping prophet” (because he would lie down and enter a hypnotic trance before speaking prophetically) – Edgar Cayce – gave an interesting answer about Russia in 1932:
(Q) What should be the attitude of so-called capitalist nations toward Russia?
(A) On Russia’s religious development will come the greater hope of the world. Then that one, or group, that is the closer in its relationships, may fare the better in the gradual changes and final settlement of conditions as to the rule of the world.
In 1944 Cayce said again that the future hope of the world would be Russia: “In Russia there comes the hope of the world, not as that sometimes termed of the Communistic, of the Bolshevistic; no. But freedom, freedom! that each man will live for his fellow man! The principle has been born. It will take years for it to be crystallized, but out of Russia comes again the hope of the world. Guided by what? That friendship with the nation that hath even set on its present monetary unit “In God We Trust.”
And going back to the French prophet Nostradamus, we are warned that WWIII will again see major fighting in Europe, but that this time the major aggressors will be a Pan-Islamic alliance backed by China. America will initially be unable to help Europe but eventually the land of “Aquilon” will enter the war on western Europe’s side. Nostradamus elsewhere clarifies that “Aquilon” was enlarged by a holocaust and will have a “miserable daughter” that “will only last for 73 years and seven months.” “Aquilon is a name derived from Aquilo, the Latin term for the north-east wind” and Russia would be the source of any winds from the northeast bringing cold air to the Roman Empire. The Soviet Union, Encyclopedia Britannica explains, lasted for 73 years and 7 months, if you choose the Bolshevik dissolution of the Russian Duma (like Congress) on January 18, 1918 as the start and the coup against Gorbachev on August 18, 1991 as the start of the Soviet collapse – so the Soviet Union is apparently the “miserable daughter” of “Aquilon” = Russia. Nostradamus said there would be a war along the Dnieper River (Ukraine) around 2025. (Quatrain: 3:95) We are repeatedly warned that western Europe will be invaded by Islamic armies, suffering greatly at the beginning, but repelling the invaders with American and Russian help in a Third World War that ends in late 2028, according to Nostradamus.
Nostradamus, Edgar Cayce, and the children at Fatima all made related predictions about Russia. Soros and the globalists apparently think Russia is “the last nationalist state that rests on a foundation of orthodox Christian culture with Russian identity at its core. That has to be removed.” If globalists plot to wreck the existing foundations of the world to rebuild it under their control, WWIII is a likely part of the plan. America and Western Europe will be allies. Those with grudges against America and Western Europe, including the Islamic nations, Russia, and China, could hope to gain at the expense of the West. But would such a coalition honor Russian borders? Nostradamus says Iran and Turkey will dominate the Islamic alliance, and both could grow at Russia’s expense – Turkey in particular could try to take back lands around the Black Sea they controlled in Ottoman times – but China could double in size and gain the most resources of all. China’s hunger for resources could play a huge role in the destruction of Russia.