Russia Selling China Advanced Weaponry

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Russia Selling China Advanced Weaponry

Trade ties are helping to build a powerful alliance against the West.

China is once again buying big in Russia. Chinese contracts for Russian military hardware are valued at $7 billion, Russian media reported earlier this month. China’s purchases had slowed following a significant spike in the mid-2000s. This latest uptick is due to the fact that the Kremlin has finally agreed to hi-tech sales.

The contracts cover Sukhoi-35 combat jets and S-400 Triumph anti-aircraft weapon systems. These are products of Russia’s most advanced weapons technology. “We also supply a large number of aircraft engines to China,” Russian officials said. “All these projects will continue.”

Some might question the wisdom of Russia’s actions. China is notorious for reverse-engineering foreign technology. Some analysts say Beijing is on the brink of a self-sufficient weapons program. This could endanger Russian exports. But this doesn’t seem to faze Russia. This may be, in part, because of Western sanctions. Feeling the bite from sanctions, the Kremlin is less concerned about what it sells. Selling advanced weaponry to China actually has an array of benefits.

Russia and China share a common interest: Both wish to diversify their economies away from the West. Russia’s sanctions and China’s unquenchable desire for trade are a match made in heaven. Military trade is one avenue the two nations are exploring in their quest to break free of the United States.

It is not their only avenue. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has expressed a desire for the two nations to increase bilateral trade to $200 billion in the next 3-7 years. They finished 2017 with $84 billion—approximately $8.1 billion of that was in December alone! This powerful trade relationship undermines U.S.-led sanctions.

Russia’s unscrupulous sale of advanced weapons to China also hampers American interests. The vast majority of Chinese weapons imports come from Russia. As Beijing inches closer to self-sufficiency in its weapons program, there is little the U.S. can do to stop it from getting weapons that can be deployed in the South China Sea.

Air Power Australia reported the following on Russia’s S-400 “growler” air defense system: “From an Australian perspective the deployment of large numbers of the S-300P/S-400 family of missiles in Asia is of major concern. Rapidly deployable, high survivable, and highly lethal, these weapons are especially difficult to counter and require significant capabilities to robustly defeat.”

Russia and China are building an anti-Western alliance. Join the dots: joint uranium mining projects, oil pipelines, advanced weapons trade. It may be easy to dismiss some of these trends, but we need only put them all together to see where they are headed.

As Trumpet contributor Jeremiah Jacques stated late last year:

A new axis has formed on the world scene. It is so colossal, the planet could almost spin on it. The Trumpet and its predecessor magazine, the Plain Truth, have forecast the formation of this axis for more than five decades. Now the world is catching on to this undeniable trend and realizing its massive implications.

Be sure to read Jeremiah’s article. As he noted, “We have been expecting Russia and China to partner up because Bible prophecy says that in the ‘time of the end,’ the Russia-China axis will lead an Asian military bloc that fields an army larger—by orders of magnitude—than any the world has ever seen.”

Thankfully, Bible prophecy also discusses the World Tomorrow. This soon-coming world will be established after the sharp rise and fall of the alliance referred to as the “kings of the east” in the Revelation 16:12. Recent sales of advanced armaments are a step in this direction!

We do need to be concerned about Russia and China in 2018. When Russia annexed Crimea back in 2014, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry stated, “When these Asian nations—extremely powerful nuclear-armed countries—begin to show solidarity with each other regarding moves like that, what does that portend for the world? I tell you it is woe to the world. It will cause many serious problems.”

Today Russia and China are closer than ever and these trade deals are bringing them closer. Keep watch as these powerful nations join forces in an axis against the West—just as your Bible foretells.

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This Week: Five Events You Need to Know (March 18)

Russia’s nerve agent attack in England, German troop presence in Afghanistan, Chinese military advances in Djibouti, and more

Here are five of the most important news stories this week, as well as relevant links to the full articles and videos here on theTrumpet.com.

Kremlin’s Fingerprints on Nerve Agent Attack in UK

Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were found unconscious outside of a shopping mall in Salisbury, England, on the afternoon of March 4. It was discovered that they had been exposed to a lethal, military-grade nerve agent called Novichok.

The brutal assassination attempt in England has Russian fingerprints all over it; it’s a warning from Moscow to the world: Cross Russia and face the consequences.

Germany to Increase Troop Deployment in Afghanistan

The German government announced on March 7 that it intends to increase the number of soldiers it has deployed in Afghanistan, raising the maximum number of troops in the country from 980 to 1,300.

One of the main reasons for the deployment of German soldiers to Afghanistan is to train Afghan troops. The deteriorating security situation in the country, however, has compelled the Germans to deploy more soldiers to protect their forces from the growing Taliban presence. Afghanistan is vital to Germany’s larger strategy which Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry discussed in his article “The Whirlwind Prophecy.”

Egypt Ditching America, Looking for New Allies

Egypt approved the formation of a massive $7 billion Russian industrial zone in Port Said, a mere five miles from the strategic Suez Canal, on March 7. The zone, according to Russia’s government-controlled Sputnik website, is “a key project for Moscow in Egypt, which will enhance bilateral economic relations and is a part of the Russian Trade Ministry’s larger strategy.”

“Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi [is using Russian aid] to gain leverage in a deteriorating relationship with the United States,” wrote the Jamestown Foundation on February 14. “Egypt’s leaders remain wary of growing too close to the Russians—the last period of close cooperation ended badly.”

How does Russia fit into Egypt’s strategic plan? What does this have to do with Bible prophecy?

China May Push U.S. Out of Djibouti

On February 22, the government of Djibouti announced its seizure of the crucial Doraleh Container Terminal, the primary supply center for America’s military base in Djibouti, Camp Lemonnier. Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, head of U.S. Africa Command, believes Dijbouti seized the port in order to present it as a gift to China.

“If the Chinese took over that port, the consequences could be significant if there were some restrictions on our ability to use that, because obviously the supplies that come in not only take care of Camp Lemonnier and other places inside the continent, it is a huge activity there,” General Waldhauser said. “Moreover, our U.S. Navy ships come in and out of there to refuel and whatnot. There could be some consequences, that is why it is important to watch this.”

More Families Discard Traditional Roles of Men and Women

As of 2014, United States Census data reported that an estimated 1.9 million fathers are fulfilling the traditional role of the mother by staying at home with the kids while their wife goes to work. This is a remarkable figure considering that only six men registered as “stay-at-home dads” in 1970. While research indicates that 80 percent of these men would rather be working if circumstances permitted, 20 percent are willingly trading their suit and briefcase for an apron and diaper bag. The National At-Home Dad Network places the number of willing at-home fathers much higher at 70 percent.

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Show Notes

  • Russia is making a lot of headlines these days:
    • Last week the Russians tried to assassinate a former spy in broad daylight in Britain, and this week, Britain’s response was very weak.
    • Yesterday, the Trump administration blamed the Russian government for a series of cyberattacks targeting America’s power infrastructure that indicate Russia could shut America down—but America’s response was also quite weak.
    • Meanwhile, the Russians struck a strategically important uranium mining deal with the Chinese.
    • It is these types of headlines that are creating urgency within European capitals to protect themselves. This week it was announced that Germany would receive command of a nato naval headquarters on the Baltic Sea, another push toward leading a European army.
  • We also cover a lot of prophetically significant news and discuss the political views of young people in America, which are revealing an unprecedented generation gap.

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Listen to the March 16, 2018, episode of the Trumpet Daily Radio Show.

The late Stephen Hawking was regarded as one of the most brilliant minds on the planet. But how much did he actually know about the universe? He wasn’t even able to answer some of the most fundamental questions, such as: How did it start? Where did it all come from? Why does it exist? What scientists don’t realize is that when they study the universe, they’re peering into the creative mind of a grand Designer. On today’s program, I discuss what the Bible says about God’s purpose for the universe!

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Egypt Ditching America, Looking for New Allies

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Russia’s relationship with Egypt brings back Cold War memories.

Egypt has approved the formation of a massive $7 billion Russian industrial zone in Port Said, a mere five miles from the strategic Suez Canal. The zone, according to Russia’s government-controlled Sputnik website, is “a key project for Moscow in Egypt, which will enhance bilateral economic relations and is a part of the Russian Trade Ministry’s larger strategy.”

The concerted effort and negotiations culminating in Egypt’s approval on March 7, began as far back as 2014 when coup leader Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi became president of Egypt. This development soured Egypt’s relations with the United States and enhanced its ties with opportunistic Russia, economically and militarily.

Diminishing U.S. economic and military aid—particularly in the form of Harpoon missiles, Abrams tanks and parts, Apache attack helicopters and F-16 fighter aircraft—has been offset by Russian Kornet missiles, T-90 tanks, Mi-17 choppers and MiG-29 jet fighters, among other equipment.

Egypt is currently struggling to eradicate Islamic extremists in the Sinai Peninsula. According to the Jamestown Foundation, “Russia’s military track record in Syria [and Libya, we might add] makes it an enticing partner.” U.S. Central Command Gen. Joseph Votel told the Senate Armed Services Committee in March 2017: “Russia is attempting to increase their influence throughout the Middle East, as we have seen in Syria. We have seen them do things certainly with our long-standing partner Egypt and others across the region. So, it is my view that they are trying to increase their influence in this critical part of the globe.”

Since 2016, Russia and Egypt have been conducting annual Defenders of Friendship airborne military exercises. Last year’s drills were conducted in Russia, marking the first time Egyptian soldiers conducted exercises in Russia.

In November, Egypt made a five-year agreement to allow Russian military planes to use Egyptian air bases and airspace. A month later, during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Egypt, the two countries signed a $21 billion deal for Russia to build Egypt’s first nuclear power plant.

How does Russia fit into Egypt’s strategic plan?

The Jamestown Foundation noted a telling trend in Egyptian politics of accepting foreign aid to modernize Egypt and advancing political independence at the same time. “Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi now uses Russian military aid … to gain leverage in a deteriorating relationship with the United States,” it wrote on February 14. “Egypt’s leaders remain wary of growing too close to the Russians—the last period of close cooperation ended badly.”

The Jamestown Foundation was primarily referring to Russia’s relationship with Egypt during the Cold War, a relationship that ended with “probably the most severe defeat the Soviet Union has suffered since it began to buy friends and influence nations in the non‐Communist Third World,” according to an Aug. 6, 1972, report from the New York Times.

Back then, Egypt was warring against the State of Israel. Then Egyptian President Anwar Sadat expelled thousands of Russian “military advisers” from his country, primarily because Russia allegedly terminated its supply of offensive military equipment to Egypt.

The Times wrote:

The crucial reason for the Egyptian-Soviet estrangement was the Russian refusal to provide Egypt with offensive weapons. …

True, the Russians provided Egypt with the most immense air-defense system outside the Soviet bloc …. [But] despite intense Egyptian pressure, the Russians steadfastly declined to furnish their client with the offensive missiles or bombers that could strike Tel Aviv [in Israel].

“Increasingly,” wrote the Times, “the Egyptian high command suspected that the Russians were dominating the Egyptian Army, not to help it wage war or even to defend it against Israel, but to serve Russian purposes. The Soviets were clearly, if very cautiously, pursuing an expansionist strategy in the Mediterranean, along the coast of North Africa, in the Red Sea and in the Indian Ocean, and they were using Egypt as their principal base.”

Russia today, under President Putin, is aggressively pursuing that same expansionist strategy, and Egypt “will remain wary of growing too close to the Russians.”

The Times also noted a character trait that remains evident today:

The Russians also stumbled because they never really understood the Egyptian—or the Arab—mind, at once so beguiling and so maddening. Arabs can be bribed, but never bought; they can be bullied, but never bound; they can be fervent, but not always faithful.

Egypt’s relationship with the U.S. has indeed deteriorated. But Russia’s replacement of the U.S. in Egypt can only go so far. Egypt will want more allies—other allies.

At the Trumpet, we watch these developments because Bible prophecies in Daniel 11 show that Egypt will somehow become closely allied with a foreign partner that’s not the U.S or Russia. Verse 43 lists Egypt as an ally of “the king of the south.” This power rises “at the time of the end.”

This king of the south refers to Iran. As far back as 1992, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry forecast that Iran would lead Egypt. “The radical Islamic movement, led by Iran, is very strong in Egypt and Algeria. This religion will probably take control of both countries very soon,” he wrote in 1994.

Egypt’s steady drift from America is forcing it to look for alternatives allies. Bible prophecy says it will ultimately end up in Iran’s orbit.

To get a better grasp of these prophetic trends, order your free copy of Mr. Flurry’s booklet The King of the South.

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Vladimir Putin: More Psychopath Than Cowboy

The real issue here is the West’s view of Vladimir Putin.

The big story here in Britain right now is the attempted assassination last week of Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy. Mr. Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were found unconscious and deathly ill on a park bench in Salisbury last Wednesday. Both remain in hospital in critical condition.

In a press conference on Monday, British Prime Minister Theresa May said that Skripal and his daughter had been poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent (developed by the Soviets in the 1970s) and that it was “highly likely” that the Russian government was responsible. (Also on Monday, Nikolai Glushkov, a wealthy Russian businessman and noted Putin critic exiled in the UK, was found dead in his London home. Glushkov was reported to have had “strangulation marks” on his neck.)

on Wednesday, March 14, May announced that Britain would expel 23 Russian diplomats and it would not send government officials or members of the royal family to Russia this summer for the World Cup.

Luke Harding wrote in the Guardian on March 14 (the Guardian!) about the prime minister’s incredibly “modest” response: “Nothing May has announced is likely to deter Putin from future adventures similar to what happened in Salisbury. Justly or not, he will interpret May’s remarks on Wednesday as proof of what he concluded long ago: that Britain is lacking in allies and weak” (emphasis added).

Harding is right, but the issue here is larger than just Theresa May. There is a major problem with the manner in which British authorities and much of Britain’s media is perceiving, reporting and responding to Russia’s attempted assassination of a resident on British soil. This is generally being perceived more as a political or diplomatic issue, and not for what it really was. This was an attack on British sovereignty. It shows that the Russians have no respect or fear of Britain. And it reveals a lot about Vladimir Putin’s character and ambitions.

Russia’s attempt to publicly assassinate a man on British soil gives Britain’s leaders and its media a unique opportunity to see Putin up close and personal, to really see Russia’s leader for who he is, and to learn what he thinks about Britain’s sovereignty. It’s also an opportunity for Britain to show Russia where it stands, to draw a line in the sand with Putin.

The Russian government attempted to publicly kill a man and his daughter in broad daylight with a weapon that was easily traced directly to Moscow. Do we really believe Vladimir Putin will refrain from such behavior in the future because Theresa May tossed a few Russian spies out of Britain and declined to send spectators to the World Cup? (England’s team is still participating, by the way.)

The real issue here is the West’s view of Vladimir Putin. British officials and the media refuse to really consider his character, motives and aspirations. There is a propensity in the West to perceive Putin more as a schoolyard bully than a ruthless tyrant. We tell ourselves he is mischievous and unfriendly, but his behavior is just the result of insecurity. We think that if we ignore him, he will, as Britain’s defense secretary put it this week, “go away and shut up.”

More than a few in the West even admire Putin’s personality and behavior. For many, he’s a fetching anachronism, a holdover from a more traditional, macho, conservative world. He’s the John Wayne of geopolitics, riding the planet, defending the weak, and killing “bad guys.” Many admire Putin because he’s decisive, uncompromising and masculine, the antithesis of the soft, politically correct Western politician. He’s old-fashioned, conservative and pragmatic in a world growing ever more secular, liberal and idealistic.

This perception, as Gerald Flurry and other Trumpet writers have explained for more than 10 years, is naive and dangerous. “This man is not just an authoritarian leader!” wrote Mr. Flurry. “He is an evil, ruthless, vindictive agent with Soviet-style methods of psychological warfare, assassination and war!” Vladimir Putin has led Russian invasions of Georgia and Ukraine, he routinely incites trouble and conflict in nations and regions across the planet, he supports the world’s most dangerous regimes and terrorists, and he has destroyed democracy in Russia and murdered hundreds of his own people. Putin is much closer to being a psychopath than a cowboy.

If you haven’t seen it, this compelling video from our “In 90 Seconds” series will introduce you to the true nature of Vladimir Putin.

Finally, if you identify with the point I’ve tried to make here and are concerned about Putin and his impact on Britain and the world, then you really need to study The Prophesied ‘Prince of Russia.’ This booklet explains in detail how Vladimir Putin fulfills a specific Bible prophecy in Ezekiel 38. It contains the most insightful, most important intelligence available on Russia’s president and his role in end-time events. Frankly, it’s the only booklet I’ve read that sees Putin for who he really is.