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[–] aboutillegals ago 

Exactly, just adding that even Brazil has a larger economy and population than Russia. Talking about Russia (a raw material exporter, and having the eighth of the EU´s GDP) as a new economic superpower seems like those people are delusional. Tsipras is right, the economic center of gravity is shifting, but it is shifting from the atlantic to the pacific, not to central asia.

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[–] RabidRaccoon ago 

Tsipras is right, the economic center of gravity is shifting, but it is shifting from the atlantic to the pacific, not to central asia

But China, Japan and co don't want to lend the Greeks money because they don't give a shit about European power politics. Russia does care but doesn't have any money. So he's decided to worry the EU a bit by bluffing he has other options to them.

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[–] aboutillegals ago 

I agree, Athens is blackmailing the EU to get more money.

Although China was in the past ready to hand out credits in exchange for long term strategic positions. For example in the case of Ecuador they gave large credits in exchange for the right to sell most of the countries crude oil. They buy and sell it at world market prices, do not make much profit, but have control over who gets it. In the case of Greece they could get ports inside the EU, not very likely, but there is something the Chinese might get interested.