You can’t have it back! says Russia to China about #Vladivostok

You buy an old car for cheap, fix it up and then the guy who sold it to you demands it back. What do you do? Say no. That’s what Russia is saying to China after China decides they want Vladivostok back. Not much going on there in the 18th century when Russia asked and China said sure, take it. But much like the old car, Russia transformed it into one of their largest cities.. Seems like the two countries are rattling little sabers over this and Brad Johnson, retired Senior CIA Operative and President of Americans for Intelligence Reform, gives you a look at these two frenemies.

 


august 26th it is uh 2020
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with brad johnson i understand
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that china is making demands on
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territory which
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sounds suspiciously russian in by name
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yes uh china is making territorial
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claims
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for a chunk of russia where one of the
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largest
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cities in the in the fed the russian
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federation
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you’re well away from moscow vlad of
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vladivostok uh
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is it’s a port city there and it’s kind
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of on a
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little arm that sticks down and if
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you’re looking at a map
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and you go to the far right which is the
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far
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eastern part of russia there’s a border
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between china and russia in common there
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and there’s a little arm that reaches
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down from russia
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and includes at the tip of it this port
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town of
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vladivostok now uh there was a period of
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time where that was kind of part of
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china but this is back prior to the
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1800s and it’s been part of russia
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uh since then so now some of the press
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reporting on this is typical and says oh
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this is
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this is property in a city that
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previously belonged to the prc you know
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uh but that’s you know kind of referring
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to the modern communist party china
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which that’s not true and it was never
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really a
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hardened part of china there was a a
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whole bunch of kind of minorities it was
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a sort of a very small
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international town i mean back prior to
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say
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the mid-1800s there was a couple
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thousand people there so and those
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people were not really associated with
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china or russia
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there were some of each of those uh but
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but it wasn’t like a hardcore chinese
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place that they’d had traditions for 500
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years
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as being a chinese village or something
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like that so
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russians came in and took it china
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didn’t really care
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particularly and so it it they threw a
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couple of treaties ended up giving it to
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russia
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so russia has kept it since then now
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during the soviet union time this is
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built into a big city so
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that’s basically what’s going on i think
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the pressing the
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claim is what’s interesting out of this
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that i i mean
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you you couldn’t just russia is not
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going to give up one of its largest
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cities
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outside of moscow and saint petersburg
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it’s it’s not going to
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give up one of its largest cities to
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china just that they’ve
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built up from the 1800s to a large city
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from nothing
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uh just based on this claim but it’s
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interesting that china puts it out there
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so we’ll see
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i doubt china is going to do anything
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too
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militant based on this but i think
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they’re trying to get in their claim
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first and uh and will use it as a
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negotiating
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china i mean with russia who they are
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starting to have some areas of conflict
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so
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i think it’s it’s a a pawn in the larger
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game is what’s going on
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basically then china like turkey is just
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finding ways of ticking off
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every one of its neighbors and that’s a
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wonderful thing thank you so much for
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that brad
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you
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