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That Other Pipeline

Russia’s recent invasion of Georgia included an (unsuccessful) attack on a pipeline that brings Caspian natural gas to Turkey, and then on to Europe. The line allows the Caspian states to avoid Russia, preventing Russia (a gap state) from holding Europe hostage by threatening to cut off access to Caspian hydrocarbons. Before the completion of that pipeline, Caspian hydrocarbons flowed through Russia as a legacy of the old Soviet system.

Europe isn’t the only large power that’s working to chip away at Russian power by supplementing the Soviet hydrocarbon network. The New Core state of China, working with the Seam State of Kazakhstan, is building China’s first direct hydrocarbon importation pipeline, from the Caspian Sea to Chinese Turkestan (the new route is cleverly named the Kazakhstan-China Pipeline).

The New Core must be allowed to grow and become richer, free from intimidation of the Gap and safe from its noxious exports. In East Asia, that means that China’s growth cannot be held hostage to Russia’s decline. The Kazakhstan-China pipeline is an important part of this.

More information on the Kazakhstan-China pipeline is available from SRAS and The Opposite End of China.

Borat: Vexillogical Learnings of Asia to Make Benefit Glorious Domain of Geography

Last night, watched Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. The movie begins with a beautiful rendition of the flag of Kazakhstan:

The Republic of Kazakhstan is one of several Asian nations to prominently feature a Sun Disk on its flag. Other common elements are the Star, the Crescent, and writing:

The Star may be the most common of these symbols, and it’s often included within the other symbols.

So I mapped the countries of Asia by which symbol they used. Because stars are so common, I colored those states by other symbols (so, for instance, Iraq is classified as “writing” even though it has both writing and stars). Thus:

The Sun Disk radiates out from China. The origin is even older than the KMT’s adoption fo the symbol in the flag of the Republic of China. The Qin Dynasty also used the Sun Disk. However, just as the People’s Republic only uses the Star, so do its dependencies:

The destruction of the Sun Disk, as well as mutilation and attempted obliteration of Chinese characters, are the works of Mao Zedong, a noted psychopath. This is unlike, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, however, which is the work of Sacha Baron-Cohen, cousin of an expert on autism.