Did you read how US is trying to destabilize pacific (china-jap) area too? They are sending warships down there. We might be seeing a new military force being created out of those two nations that will counter NATO (with EASE)
The other... hard to judge. She did introduce me to Harry Potter though, giving me the first two books for Christmas. At the time, I had never heard of the series. That's the only thing I can think of that connected her with what was then current.