The Giants of the East

From 2009 with relevancy today:!h.360,id.9408

Chinese soldiers march during a parade marking the end of joint Russian-Chinese military exercises at Chebarkul testing range on 17 August, 2007. The presidents of Russia and China attended the joint military exercises. (MAXIM MARMUR/AFP/Getty Images)


Russia and China are now better prepared to fight together than Britain and America were before World War ii.

“Anti-Terrorist” Exercises

Although the two don’t always see eye to eye, Russia and China today have a strong military alliance, largely to counter mutual foes. The two nations have already signed a de facto defense pact.

Russia and China held their first set of war games in 2005. These were labeled “anti-terrorist” exercises, but in reality they were far more—involving over 10,000 troops, warships and airplanes. They simulated landing attacks against hostile shores and even featured large-scale paratroop drops. Experts believe they may have been a trial run for a joint Russia-China invasion of Taiwan, or for supporting a Central Asian government against an American-backed insurgency.

Another major Russian-Chinese “anti-terrorist” exercise, called “Peace Mission 2009,” is scheduled for this summer. The war games, primarily intended to benefit the command staff, will involve around 2,000 men, as well as tanks, artillery and other heavy ground equipment.

These types of war games show a phenomenal level of cooperation. Many analysts have dismissed them as being inconsequential, especially as compared with the military integration within nato, for example, or the old Soviet-led Warsaw Pact. However, as United Press International analyst Martin Sieff pointed out, the nato model of a permanent alliance is historically very unusual. “Before World War ii and until U.S. entry into the war in December 1941, Britain and the United States held no exercises comparable to the scope and complexity of the 21st-century series of Russian-Chinese summer maneuvers,” he wrote (March 26).

“Special Relations in All Fields”

In 2001, Moscow and Beijing signed a “Treaty of Good-Neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation.” Article Nine of this treaty states, “When a situation arises in which one of the contracting parties deems that peace is being threatened and undermined or its security interests are involved or when it is confronted with the threat of aggression, the contracting parties shall immediately hold contacts and consultations in order to eliminate such threats.”

If one of these nations is attacked, the other is bound to defend it. This is a military alliance. The two nations are training to fight together and have already signed a treaty pledging to defend each other.

Where It Is Leading

Russia and China have “a common vision of the contemporary world,” they “always support each other on concrete issues that directly affect the national interests of Russia and China,” and they have a de-facto military alliance to back it up.

Compare that reality with this forecast in the February/March 1985 Plain Truth: “Ultimately, as the prophesied united Europe rises to global superpowerdom, a fearful Kremlin would be forced to settle its differences with China—to be free to deal with rising European religious political and military leadership.

“However it happens, Russia and Asian neighbors will ultimately find themselves in some degree joining forces out of necessity to confront a power they perceive as threatening …” (emphasis mine).

Today, Europe is rising in the world. Russia and China are already responding by joining forces. What is next?

The military alliance between Russia and China is already in place. Watch for other Asian nations like Japan and India to put aside their differences as the European Union continues to rise in the west.

In 1980, Mr. Armstrong personally warned China’s then-Vice Chairman Tan Zhen-lin of this future. He recounted the exchange in the February 1980 Plain Truth: “Mr. Vice-Chairman … there will be … a union of 10 nations or groups of nations in Western Europe—and it might include two or three Russian satellite countries—in a union of church and state—brought about largely by the Roman Catholic Church. … They will have a common currency, a common government and a common military power. It will emerge out of the present Common Market. It is going to shock the whole world,” he said.

In 1956, Mr. Armstrong also wrote about how this European empire would meet its end. “Plagues, terrible beyond description, shall fall upon this fascist European empire,” he wrote. “The sixth of these punishing plagues will be a military invasion of Europe by the Communist forces from Russia and the Orient. By that time, the Red Armies of Russia, China and allies will number 200 million!

“Think of it. A vast army of 200 million soldiers! These vast hordes will then sweep across Europe, utterly destroying all this resurrected Roman Empire!”

Revelation 9:16 tells of this attack by a great 200 million-man army. Where could an army this huge come from but an alliance of populous Asian nations? These nations strike back against the king of the north by forging the largest army the world has ever seen, in a colossal military alliance.

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Full article: The Giants of the East (The Trumpet)

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