China's economic invasion of Africa: A million Chinese people, from engineers to chefs, have moved to work in Africa in the past decade
The Chinese Government is trying to lock down East African oil for it's burgeoning domestic market, and has been moving in to take their farmland and produce as well. When Libya went down they were able to performa long-range NEO (basically, withdrawal of your citizens from another nation) of a nation in which they had no less than 30,000 people. Coming strictly on the unclass side we found their demonstration of that capability very interesting.
yes but quantity has a quality all it's own; and the comparative quality of its' neighbor states is no better. Certainly Russia couldnt' go up against the Chinese, but I think it's limits in East Europe would be mostly whatever support the West would be willing to lend.As for Russia, it has lost the ability to truely project power beyond its immediate boarder and even then it has difficulties. The Georgian and Chechnya conflicts show that very well. It would be able to attack and beat countries of Georgian size, and maintain control over them, but ones like Azerbijian(sp) or eastern european countrieds ( excluding Estonia, Lithuania(sp) and Latvia) it would not be able to, No new weapon systems have been developęd and deployed from the end of the USSR, any new systems are seeing a large amount of problems.