CHINA CONSTRUCTS | Louise Nichole Logarta
It seems like we’re living in biblical times. To be specific, the part in the book of Revelations where the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse come thundering down on earth, bringing what can only be described as its curses, with them.
The Four Horsemen symbolize conquest, warfare, famine and death (“…by sword, famine, and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.” [Rev 6:7-8]).
When you look back at the past six years – inside and outside the country – there has been death: summary executions, police brutality and the pandemic – a plague if there ever was one, claiming millions of lives – which has entered its third year.
There has been a comeback of old forces in the form of the late dictator’s son, seeking his father’s post, with the daughter of our current authoritarian president, as his right hand. People have never been more divided. Despite that, the relevance and meaning of the 36th anniversary of the People Power Revolution last Feb. 25 has also never been more clear.
We see and hear about Russia’s invasion on Ukraine, stemming from the “Euromaidan” protests in 2013 that ousted Ukraine president Viktor Yukanovych, who turned down a deal to be part of the European Union, choosing instead to accept aid to the tune of $15 billion from Russia. West Ukrainians in particular did not approve of this move, given they see Yukanovych as corrupt and pro-Russia.
In 2014, Russia-backed separatist rebels took control of Crimea. The tensions which had been brewing for years came to a head with Russia’s act of aggression.
Though the United States and its allies have imposed sanctions against Russia, they have shared no plans to intervene, as this might very well bring about World War III.
Meanwhile, China has been watching closely and does not call Russia’s moves an ‘invasion’, probably because of the close ties between their two leaders. Just before the Winter Olympics in Beijing, both Putin and Xi Jinping announced their partnership against US influence and that there would be “no forbidden areas of cooperation.” What an omen.
Some have even asked if Russia’s latest actions would encourage China to do something similar to its Indo-Pacific neighbors, particularly to those with whom it is in conflict over the South China Sea.
With death, conquest, and warfare having made their entrance… it’s not hard to predict what will come next if this situation persists.