Xi Jinping’s state visit to Moscow brings together two autocrats keen to establish a post-American world order where the east rises and the west declines – while trade continues to flow. Xi in typically inscrutable fashion is presenting himself as a peace broker over Ukraine, though his plan says nothing about Russian withdrawal, in an attempt to maintain some credibility in Europe. He is basking in the success of his recent efforts to restore relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran and keen to establish credibility as a power-broker. It’s a difficult balancing act since he also needs Russia for alternative energy supply routes in the event of a China/US clash over Taiwan.
The Washington Post remarks ‘the world is at a dangerous crossroads’ and there could indeed be a significant shift in the global power balance with China, Russia and Iran lining up against the United States, Britain and other NATO allies.
All of which might fit in with the history-changing Uranus North Node (and Mars) conjunction of last August. (See post 17 June 2022). Previous occurrences oversaw:
1961 – the start of the Berlin Wall build.
1946 – the 1946 bombing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem by Jewish terrorists which led to a hasty British withdrawal, the set-up of Israel two years later which led to decades of trouble in the Middle East.
1976 – the death of Mao Tse Tung.
1870 – German unification with France supplanted as the dominant European land power.
1939 – the first Anglo-Afghan War, one of the first major conflicts during the Great Game, the 19th century competition for power and influence in Central Asia between Britain and Russia. Also the First Opium War between UK and China. Twentieth century nationalists considered 1839 the start of a century of Chinese humiliation, and many historians considered it the beginning of modern Chinese history.
The final exact aspect of Uranus to that 18 degree point comes late April/early May this year and will trigger Xi Jinping’s 3rd Term chart and Putin’s 4th Term chart – both with fixed planets at 18 degrees. It also rattles up the Xi/Putin relationship chart (assuming Putin is born 1952)which has a composite Sun at 18 degrees Leo.
If that relationship chart between Xi and Putin holds good they are likely to encourage each other on to unwise, overly confident actions, some of which will fail through 2024.
The Russia 1917/China 1912 relationship chart indicates confusion/delusion through 2023/24 with the composite Neptune catching the tr Pluto opposition; with an uncertain and panicky tr Neptune square the composite Saturn in 2024.
It is all too easy to catastrophise in these troubled times and I hesitate to pile worry on top of woe. But it was always true that a) The USA’s Pluto Return could shift its status as top dog. Pluto Returns tend to accompany rise and falls; and b) Joe Biden’s Term chart indicated that the greatest and riskiest problems would come late in 2023 into 2024 when the Inauguration’s Solar Arc Sun would close the conjunction to Saturn to exact; and the SA Saturn would close to the disruptive and perhaps violent square to the Mars and Uranus.
China’s relationship chart with the USA looks discouraging but not necessarily combustible over the next two years. Ditto China with the EU, though 2025 could throw a few firecrackers into the mix.