I watch Russia Today news off and on for the last 5 years. Over the last 2 years I have really noticed a change of tone for the worst. The Washington Post and other experts have noticed as well. Communication experts have long known that speech can be used to predict when a couple is headed for a divorce. These same communications experts also know that similar speech patterns also predict when 2 countries are headed for war.
As gas prices drop, and the US Federal Reserve continues to print money. Russia and China will continue to be hurt. We have a global economy with global prices. Russia and many Middle East countries depend on high oil prices as their sole source of economic activity. When oil falls below 60$/barrel, these countries begin losing money. Likewise, China is the manufacturing center for the world. When the value of the dollar drops as the FED continues to print more and more dollars, if the prices at Walmart stay the same, that means that it is the producers/manufacturers, in China that are getting hurt. Remember that is our current economic system, Walmart and Target dictate to manufacturers prices and not the other way round.