Matthew 24:6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.
- China, Russia both seize opening to score points in Kazakh crisis
- Sharing long borders with landlocked Kazakhstan, both China and Russia appear poised to exploit the situation to greater geopolitical ends.
- Protests broke out in Kazakhstan Jan. 2 over price increases for fuel in the western part of the country, and escalated into mass anti-regime riots and attacks on government buildings. The government reported that 164 people were killed in a government crackdown.
- With some 2,500 paratroopers already sent to Kazakhstan, Mr. Putin was quick to take credit for the relative calm that seemed to prevail
- Moscow has said they would offer military assistance to leaders of other former Soviet states facing similar uprisings.
- In Beijing, the Foreign Ministry also said China is prepared to assist the Kazakhstan government of authoritarian leader Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a message of personal support
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