Next to such a UNIVERSAL SHAME, as the Belovezhsky conspiracy, another event that also occurred in the fatal 1991, seems like some kind of “pshik” and childish prattle. Meanwhile, with all the "invisibility", the event is an important and symbolic in its own way. His name is the final transfer of the notorious Damanski Island to the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
Needless to say, in that widespread turmoil, no one even thought for a second to stop and think that for this thrice-damned and useless island in 1969, several dozens of invaluable lives of Soviet border guards were paid. However, it would be foolish to hope that the three scumbags gathered in the “bushes” for sentencing their own people (namely PEOPLE, for the Russians, Ukrainians and Belarusians are one people!). Could they recall the post of the late senior lieutenant Strelnikov, who had taken the first battle in Damansky, or about the corporal Pavel Akulov, who was taken prisoner, whose corpse was returned to our side with traces of inhuman torture (there’s more evidence that all Russians are ruthless? we are capable of mercy!) ?!
But the worst was not even that. Then they will probably ask me: “Can anything be worse than the priceless lives of Russian warriors?” Maybe. And it was. We gave the enemy (voluntarily, without trying to resist) a part of the Russian land. Let such a worthless.
Cite historical example. In time immemorial, the lands north of the Celestial Empire belonged not to our people, but to the brave nomadic tribe of the Huns (not to be confused with the Huns, only the part of these tribes that migrated to Europe and settled on the lands of modern Hungary received the name of the Huns). The history of this tribe and the state formed by him by Hunnu was described by the Russian historian Lev Nikolayevich Gumilyov, who gained fame as a researcher, a “nomadologist”. No, no, I’m not going to preach Gumilyov’s convictions, because we disagree with him (he was hard hit by the Soviet regime, and I am the most convinced Stalinist). The historical events that the historian told us are important to us.
And he wrote the following. At a time when the Huns lacked cohesion, their neighbors were Sogdians (they lived in the territory of present-day Uzbekistan) and the same nomads of Dunhu imposed a tribute to the Huns. But then the brave leader Shanyuy (Gumilyov pointed out that in our time this title could be called "president for life") Mode, who began the unification of his people, appeared. When once Dunhu was demanded from Shanyu to give them a few dozen (or even hundreds) of horses, he unconditionally obeyed and executed those Huns who refused to give up their horses. Mode understood that his powers were not enough, the time had not come. Following this, Dunhu was demanded to give them several women, the leader of the Huns and this time did not dare to object and executed those who refused to give their wives to the menacing neighbors. Appetite comes with eating, and Dunhu was demanded to give them the desert border lands that belonged to the Huns.
And here those fellow tribesmen Mode, who considered it foolish to fight for the scorched spaces, laid their heads on the block. Shanuy gathered the tribe into a fist and smashed the brazen enemy. Then, inspired by the victory, the Huns knelt on several more neighboring tribes. It ended with the fact that nomads, of whom the total number was barely more than 300 000, forced China to tremble, which at that time already had an 10 million population. In one battle, Mode's troops surrounded the Chinese army in the steppe, led by the emperor himself, and forced the “greatest” people to sign peace on Hunnu terms.
It is difficult to say whose position was more disastrous: Russia, which became the largest "splinter" of the USSR in 1991, or the Huns, led by the brave Mode, which is called, "on a day unknown in any year." But, anyway, one thing is clear - you can not give your land! This can be compared with a small piece of unusually tasty cake, eating which you want more and more. I don’t even say that the beast, having once tasted human flesh, will never forget its taste.
But is it necessary to explain to the readers, for the most part - to military people, that to someone, and China, “do not put a finger in your mouth”? Think about it, the population of the Celestial Empire is 1 billion 344 million people, and at its side are the empty Trans-Baikal and the Far East of Russia (the only thing is to cross the river).
Not much better is the ratio of the armed forces. The People’s Liberation Army of China is the largest in the world in terms of numbers - 2 255 000 people. Russian army - 1 037 000. We note, given the length of our country, in the event of a collision (I do not want to even think about it), only the troops of the Eastern Military District will confront the entire Chinese army assembled in a fist. To this we add that although on paper the Chinese have an army replenished on a draft basis, in fact, with such a population, there is no need for a general conscription. Only volunteers are accepted. Approximately only every 11 of the Chinese citizens who have reached the 18 anniversary can count on such happiness. Happiness without quotes, because, despite the country's tremendous successes over the past 2 decades, the standard of living of ordinary Chinese is far from high. And the army means food, full state support, friendship, new knowledge, and most importantly in countries with modest incomes of the population - stability and confidence. It is clear that every 11 is not just one that has been put into operation under such a lucky number, but the best of eleven. The one who has at least a complete secondary education and good physical shape. It is an honor to be a soldier in China.
But in Russia? - Well, we will not claim that everything is as bad as in 90. There are still shifts from the dead point. Although the minister from the furniture factory and his team, or rather, those who stood behind them, had “worked hard” with our army in recent years. There are more guys ready and even willing to serve the Motherland, but I hope I won’t argue that our “good” neighbor cannot be compared with the state of affairs. Yes, I completely forgot, the Chinese are still the 2 of the year. I will not even stutter about the return of our 2-year service life. After all, one hint of this will be enough so that half of those striving to serve today, would no longer strive tomorrow. The fact of the matter is that our children, for the most part, want to "serve", and the Chinese, who wear uniforms, want to link life with the army. Yes, and teach for 2, the soldier can be much more thoroughly than in a year.
But this is not all that our “eastern ally” is capable of. I will come from afar. In terms of the number of personnel, our army is now at 5-th place in the world, and right in front of us at 4-th is the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK or, more simply, North Korea). Unlike China, and, thank God, Russia, too, this country is literally impoverished. But only "under the gun" manages to keep as much 1 190 000 people or 49 people in the form of every thousand of its citizens. Called into the North Korean army is mandatory citizens with 17 years! Service life in the Air Force, Air Defense Forces 3-4 of the year, in the Navy 5-10 years. And, if in the Chinese army the living conditions are quite tolerable, then in the armed forces of the DPRK they have to survive, facing all the burdens (like almost constant hunger and cold) of service, in the truest sense of the word! Why am I doing this? And the fact that the DPRK is an ally of China!
Now turn on your imagination again. A country locked in a small peninsula (not even in everything, but only in its northern half) with the poorest reserves and a huge foreign debt, and even forced to contain such a large "army." Will her young “fiery pilot” Kim Jong-un become long to think if her senior comrade in the struggle against world imperialism (and the state ideology of China and North Korea is also similar) suggests a great joint campaign? Of course, he will offer to share the fruits of victory.
So what do we have? 1 037 000 of our soldiers scattered throughout Mother Russia against 3 445 000 Chinese and Korean fighters. To this we add that the Chinese soldiers are completely ardent patriots and, at least, love their job. Koreans by the end of their service life (yes, I think that by the middle too) are generally beasts, we will clarify that forever half-starved animals.
When I used to share my sad thoughts with colleagues or interlocutors on the World Wide Web, they tried to reassure me. Like, and that, that there are many, but our military equipment is the most advanced. That's the way it is, the Russian land has always been famous for the Kulibin family, but the truth must be looked at - we have only a few samples of the most advanced technology. And the Chinese have put everything on stream, albeit stolen technologies, even if the quality is not the best, but if something is new, then this new one is already everywhere! As for the Koreans, I agree that they are armed with old ones, so what if (again, I calm myself more, just draw a picture for myself), China will not bet on them as on strike force, and such an army will fit for stripping.
But one of my interlocutors (an officer in the past), perhaps the funniest fellow, used the “iron” argument, saying: “All this is nonsense! A Chinese soldier stands on Chinese soil. That is their philosophy. ” Here, truly ...
But I agreed. That's just the concept of "Chinese land" - a very loose. As soon as the collapse of the USSR opened the borders, and the “iron curtain” collapsed, everyone rushed to us and from everywhere. And so the Chinese, with their "consumer goods" - in the first place! How many of them now in Transbaikalia and the Far East - and God knows ... But more than the Russian. And it's not even that some of these “peaceful” merchants and artisans are able to “scrape the bottom of the barrel” and suddenly become completely military. And the fact that the land, where the lion’s share of the population is Chinese, is the same Chinese soldier who doesn’t need to declare someone else’s “his”. And it is no longer about an island on the Ussuri River, by the will of fate pressed to the Chinese coast ...
So that you, dear readers do not take down my head for defeatism, I will immediately make a reservation. This article is the first part, respectively - there will be the second one, it is the “flip side of the coin” and the answer to the question “What to do?”.
There is also a light at the end of our “tunnel”! I'll tell you, China and the DPRK, like us, hate NATO. And that is our salvation. Maybe they should figure it out themselves, I suggest, before the publication of my second article about the Chinese threat (more precisely, about how to withdraw it) to re-read the stories of Baron Munchhausen. I'm not kidding.