The Art of the Deal

2 May

(Note: I have repeatedly referred to XI as Premier.  He is, of course, President XI. Sorry.)

The chief deal maven has done it again. Big time.  Really , really big time.  Here’s the  deal.

Premier Xi comes to America.  Premier Xi goes to Florida.  Premier Xi goes to Mar-a Lago.  Premier Xi meets President Trump and has lunch. Premier Xi survives parting hand shake.  Where doe Premier Xi go next?  Back home?  Local sightseeing ?  No! He goes to Alaska and he likes what he sees.  It’s very pretty, says Xi.  It’s also very close to Russia.

Two weeks after Premier Xi was in Alaska the media was abuzz about Russian airplanes flying back and forth in the Bering Straits for four days near Alaska but never crossing the international date line. No one seems to have connected the two events. Later it was announced that Secretary of State Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov are to meet on May 10 & 11 in…guess where … Alaska! Also in attendance at the Artic Council gathering will be Canada a prime player as British Columbia could well be in close focus. 

Perhaps premier Xi went to Alaska, of all places, to see for himself what everybody back home has been babbling about.  So he checked it out.  Will he sign off on it?  Will the Russians? Will the US? Will Canada? It’s the deal of all deals; it’s Yuge!  Actually Yuge is too small to describe what might happen.

Which is…a land link from the old world to the new, from Eurasia to the Americas for the first time in millennia.  Premier Xi , the Russians, Canadians and Donald Trump may attempt a train passage across the Bering Straits from Alaska to Russia.The tunnel under the English Channel is dubbed the Chunnel. Do you suppose the tunnel from Alaska to Russia via the Bering Straits will be known as the StrunnelTM ?   7/13/17 TM  Added.  Time will tell.

Is that not the Art of a Deal of a Deal of a Deal?

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3 Responses to “The Art of the Deal”

  1. J. Jeffrey Bragg May 16, 2017 at 4:33 am #

    I will admit I was on the sceptical side when I read this post which gave no backup info or links. Two minutes of search was enough. The tunnel plans are real, moreover they are well advanced. Robert, you might want to add a link to this Seattle Times article, which is rich in specifics. http://www.seattletimes.com/business/russia-plans-worlds-longest-undersea-tunnel-to-alaska/

    • ibonobos May 16, 2017 at 2:11 pm #

      Thanks, I hadn’t seen the article and have now added it

  2. BC_EE June 30, 2017 at 2:19 pm #

    It’s been in the works for a while. Look up G7G railway and the Van Horne Institute pre feasibility study. The primary purpose of the new railway from the Canadian Western provinces to Alaska is to move oil and potash. All the rest comes later including opening up large mining opportunities in the Yukon. The system will also tie Yukon and Alaska to the North American grid. So, spot on Robert. Xi stopped in just after some high level agreements were reached.

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