Thursday, September 24, 2015

Misunderstanding Xi and China, and Putin and Russia

Good article. Those looking at China with Western neoliberal eyes misunderstand both China and Xi, and as a result the US likely to miss opportunities developing there that others will pick up instead.

Economy Watch
Is America at Risk of Not Participating in a Changing China?
Dan Steinbock

Russian expert Paul Robinson corrects recently published misunderstandings and mischaracterizations of Putin and Russia, base on the writings of Ivan Ilyin, whom Putin as acknowledged as an influence.

Incidentally, Putin recommended Vladimir Solovyov and Nikolai Berdyaev, and Ivan Ilyin to other leaders, and not only Ilyin or even Ilyin in particular. This mix reveals the distortion involved in selecting isolated quote from Ilyin alone and representing them as Putin's views.

In the comments Paul Grenier, the foremost Western expert on Ilyin, agrees with Robinson.

Paul Robinson | Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa

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