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‘Pipelines aren’t built to annoy somebody’ | Karin Kneissl believes Nord Stream 2 will be completed

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Simple Truths
Simple Truths
September 3, 2020

I predict the Germans will fold on NS2. Western security services are all blood brothers, so CIA, MI6 will call the shots and their German blood brethren and NATO itself will willingly comply. So curious that NATO and OPCW are involved in the Navalny affair.

Don’t be fooled. A high-intensity war on Russia is going in in the shadows.

And as we know, OPCW has been fully compromised, so expect the worst.

The Weapon of Comparative Advantage
The Weapon of Comparative Advantage
Reply to  Simple Truths
September 3, 2020

It’s time Russia smelled the roses. If that’s the game Germany wants to play then I’m sure Russia could come up with impossible_to_ignore incentives for German firms highly dependent on nat gas for production to move that production to the nat gas source with subtle reminders that its best not to be a johnny come lately at the kitchen table, before China finally eats their lunch. A good piece of German (not to mention the world’s) industry already has set up shop in China, so it might want to think about how to salvage any comparative advantage it has left… Read more »

pogohere
pogohere
Reply to  The Weapon of Comparative Advantage
September 4, 2020

Let’s extend the logic of your “A good piece of German (not to mention the world’s) industry already has set up shop in China . . .”. US “industrialists” opted to export US jobs to China. German industrialists could come to the same conclusion and expand their productive investments in China, especially because Russian gas is flowing to China and will likely increase, and at relatively cheap rates. The Russians therefore, since gas sales to Eurasia are growing, could conclude that they can afford to complete NS2 even if the gas doesn’t flow to Germany in the near to medium… Read more »

Never put all your eggs in one basket.
Never put all your eggs in one basket.
Reply to  pogohere
September 4, 2020

You ignored one essential dynamic. As China grows, it may very well feel it can do the German industrial output operating on its soil one better and strike out under its own brands. In fact, it’s probably inevitable. If Germany hedged its production bets with locations in both Russia and China, and push came to shove, it could play one against the other in maintaining its market position.

pogohere
pogohere
Reply to  Never put all your eggs in one basket.
September 6, 2020

Not only has it done what you describe, e.g., Huawei, but its confidence and commitment to its BRI project is such that China continues to advance it while it increases rail freight tonnage overland to Germany and beyond.

China wants to trade . . . with everybody.

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