Russia ‘one step from war’ with U.S. after Syria airstrike | Daily Mail Online

English: SOCHI. With President of Syria Bashar...

English: SOCHI. With President of Syria Bashar al-Assad. Русский: СОЧИ, БОЧАРОВ РУЧЕЙ. С Президентом Сирии Башаром Асадом. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

GRAND KREMLIN PALACE, MOSCOW. Dmitry Anatolyev...

GRAND KREMLIN PALACE, MOSCOW. Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev takes the presidential oath. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Much as I dislike the sensationalism of the reporting from the UK’s Daily Mail, it captures the fears of a retaliatory escalation following Trump’ bombing in Syria. It cites Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev denouncing Donald Trump for attacking ‘the legitimate government of Syria’ and for allegedly breaking international law without the approval of the UN.

Source: Russia ‘one step from war’ with U.S. after Syria airstrike | Daily Mail Online

The rhetoric is getting ugly as the US explores the evidence of Russian complicity in chemical attacks. But we now have a dangerous situation in which two of the world’s leaders are narcissists supported by populism and fake news.

Thoughts?

Why China will “reclaim” Siberia | China Daily Mail

English: Map of Russian federal subjects belon...

English: Map of Russian federal subjects belonging to Siberia.         Siberian Federal District,          Geographic Russian Siberia ,           Historical Siberia (and present Siberia in some usages). Esperanto: La mapo de subjektoj de Rusia Federacia, rilatantaj al Sibirj. Русский: Карта субъектов Российской Федерации, относящихся к Сибири. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a fascinating article published by the China Daily Mail, originally sourced from the NYT.

Why China will “reclaim” Siberia | China Daily Mail

The article speculates that China will one day use typical Russian policies to annex Siberia. Firstly, it would offer Chinese passports to Siberians and then it would annex Siberia to protect Chinese passport holders.

Personally, I find it rather far-fetched. But Siberia would be strategically attractive in terms of both mineral resources and massive space for the Chinese population.

Of course, with Western sanctions, Russia will not want to speculate on Chinese territorial expansion into Siberia. These days, with Russia dependent on mineral wealth, largely from Siberia, this would be a catastrophe scenerio for Russia.

Thoughts?