And secondly, comrades (I hope no one will send me to the Tambov wolf, well, gentlemen - this is in Paris or on the ruble, or, say, in Beverly Hills, I have no slaves, therefore - in the Lord I do not sword)! So, comrades, I am ready to treat any review, any point of view with respect. I can be in something and wrong, damn it, not God! But, let us, and you will respect not yours, a different opinion, but not to insult you, as long stupid bursts, when the enemy is still far away, and aimed fire is much more useful. I appeal to those who called the article provocative, writing down almost to the traitors to the Motherland, and to those who called me “a silly woman”. And you, who hang such labels, are probably very smart? As for the “provocateur,” the loudest “Hold the thief!” Screams the thief ... Well, that's enough, enough with you. And without that - a whole paragraph, is it a lot of honor ?!
Let's get down to business. By the way, judging by the comments of the readers, nobody read about Munchhausen. Well, well, I understand: service (or work), family, children, etc. Therefore, I remind myself. The famous liar has such a tale, where he (the baron) falls on the island of Ceylon (in those years - the English colony), and with the son of the Ceylon governor goes hunting. Soon he lost sight of his companion and got lost. And then I ran into a lion. The gun of our “hunter” is charged only with a small fraction, i.e. obviously not save. He takes off running and stumbles upon ... A huge crocodile with its mouth wide open. Here is a quote: “What to do? What to do? There is a lion behind, a crocodile in front, a lake on the left, a swamp teeming with poisonous snakes on the right. ” And here we stop. Does the picture remind you of anything?
Yes, this is today's position of Russia! Ahead (and usually our country fought the front to the west) - the voracious NATO crocodile, from behind - the young, but already knowing the value of, Chinese lion. Then simply swapped "swamp" with the "lake". Our “lake” on the right (if you are facing west) is the Arctic Ocean, and the “swamp” on the left is the southernmost countries where they live (how to put it so that the article is not removed from the site? ..) “mountain eagles” (when there are a lot of them) or just guys, “with hot, listen, with blood”. Well, why not a swamp with snakes?
We still have to once again turn to those who "threw thunder and lightning into me." And who ever told you that I called for hating China or was talking about an immediate war with him ?! Now it is you, pouring slop, take a look at the drawn picture. Which of the following animals is the least disgusting? - Obviously because the lion. A sort of king of beasts with a luxurious mane is much nicer than a stinking swamp lizard or snake.
Returning to Munchhausen ... What did he do? - Yes, in horror fell to the grass. And the lion was already in a jump and, flying over the lying baron, landed ... Into the crocodile's mouth! It doesn't matter what the "brave hunter" did next (although, if you wish, read). It is important for us that in our case about the same thing happens. With a few differences. For example, in horror fall on the grass and wait for their fate is not exactly in the tradition of the grandsons of Suvorov, children of Chapaev! And in that it is the “crocodile” that swallows the head of the “lion” (hereinafter, for simplicity I will write without quotes), we are not interested either.
But to push the foreheads of the lion and the crocodile will be not only a beautiful reception of our fight, but also the best way out for Russia from this situation! Immediately make a reservation, suppose that at the head of our great country is at least a no less great leadership, which all of the above not only understands, but also acts in this way. Second, we will push together, inciting not to war, but to confrontation. In this very confrontation (or, if you will, the ongoing "cold" war) we will try to put the lion and the crocodile opposite each other in the struggle for the possession of certain benefits of Mother Earth (more precisely, water, but this, looking ahead). Moreover, we Russians will not remain indifferent. We will be able (without exhausting ourselves and the country) to help the Chinese lion not to break with his teeth, so with his paws with heavy claws to press a nasty western lizard to the ground. With our competent participation, the country will not only win, exhausted both NATO and China, but will also be able to earn.
In fact, in the recent past there were several cases when, taking over the side of China in international disputes, Russia could get an excellent result. At the same time, using only one "weapon"- their diplomats! Here is one case. In 1999, during a NATO attack on our ally Yugoslavia, one of the American bombs hit the Chinese embassy in Belgrade. It was necessary by all means, taking air into the lungs, to raise an incredible howl, supporting the Chinese in their perfectly fair indignation. Did not do! And could it be otherwise, if then at the head of Russia stood the traitor to the Motherland and the bloody executioner of the Russian people, Yeltsin ?! Alas, the time is gone. It will not work this way, but we'll also talk about the war of diplomacy ...
As the main field of confrontation between the lion and the crocodile, I propose to consider our lake, i.e. Arctic Ocean. And more precisely - our Northern Sea Route! This is what “Rossiyskaya Gazeta” wrote from 31 in May 2013 of the year: “This summer for the first time commercial cargo will be delivered from Russia to China along the Northern Sea Route. The first cargo will be on the route Tyumen - the Russian port of Sabetta - the seaport of China.
The loading of the Northern Sea Route and the intensive development of this transport corridor in the direction of the Asia-Pacific region open up new opportunities for Russia and China to further joint development of the subarctic territories ... ” After reading this, I was amazed (in a good way). In the end, the Russian authorities remembered the existence of wealth bestowed on our country by its very location!
The Northern Sea Route is not oil, not gas, not ore ... Subsoil will sooner or later be exhausted, but the coast of the Arctic Ocean will always remain with us! It is not by chance that some of the Northern Sea Route were even dubbed “the Great Silk Road of the 21st Century”. After all, it is the shortest sea route from Asia to Europe and vice versa. In addition, throughout its length it goes along the territory of Russia, and this is safety. No Somali pirates here are impossible by definition.
However, my delight in a few seconds was replaced by sadness. Under the current government, this is our undoubtedly gold (if not diamond) vein will not be used to the full extent. Bureaucracy, bribery, red tape at every step will not allow to derive possible benefits. I do not stutter that a penny from the billions received will not reach the people.
But let's suppose that all corrupt officials (we will not go over the first and last names, so as not to go into the jungle) were overnight at the logging site, in the mines, and at the same works to restore ALL the ports of the Northern Sea Route - i.e. where these nonhumans and place! And the new leaders of disintegration (like Stalin) recalled that the PRC had long been interested in the possibility of transporting goods by sea from east to west through the Russian North. No wonder they outfitted as many as five Arctic expeditions, even sent an icebreaker that passed from the coast of the Far East and Siberia to the Barents Sea.
Well, why not to offer China, in the difficult task of organizing sea caravans marching along the Northern Sea Route, our full assistance? And since, in an amicable way, this path has not been used for a long time, then we must take a step forward in the form of a very serious discount on using the services of the same ports for the next, well, let's say 5 years. But it is possible and even thinner to do: to conclude a contract providing for a certain prepayment (this amount we will be able to start to restore ports) for using the Northern route, and ride, comrades Chinese, during the same 5 years, not knowing grief.
However, we must immediately specify a number of very harsh conditions. Well, first of all, prepayment is just a prepayment, not a loan, there won't be any interest here, just as if the rent for your living space was paid on 5 years ahead. Secondly, the entire restoration of the Northern Sea Route structure should be carried out exclusively by the hands of Russian citizens - no Chinese workers or engineers! And it is better to carry goods by Russian vessels (it’s not so strict, but at least mostly). And thirdly, there is no military presence of China in the Arctic Ocean, if the ships are only civilian.
What, too cool ?! Do you think they will not accept such conditions, refuse our services? - And no! Too profitable for them. The only thing to remember is that we will have to prove that we can ensure the smooth operation of the Northern Sea Route during navigation. But we imagined that in Russia the power was again turned, facing its people. I understand, I describe semi-fantastic things ... Well, why not dream?
In general, the benefits of such cooperation are very obvious. But not she - the main thing. The main thing is that NATO has long been eyeing our Russian waters in the Arctic Ocean. Both the USA and Norway, and even Denmark (Greenland is still their “patrimony”, so on this basis even the Danes declared themselves an “Arctic” power). And here you are! - Russia has found a common language with China in the use of the Northern Sea Route. What a bad luck! Moreover, the Chinese will be vitally interested in this cooperation. Therefore, in the event of any arctic disputes with NATO, it will be possible for them (the Chinese) to hint unequivocally that our interests in the Russian North are now their interests too. Like, you want to continue to use the shipping artery on special conditions - support the voice of our diplomats!
It turns out that the young lion will show teeth to an aging crocodile. But in fact, all my calculations about cooperation in the Arctic, ultimately, directed against NATO is just one example of how to make a possible adversary a reliable ally. Why not agree on such services for the transport of goods, but using our land gold vein - the Trans-Siberian Railway. And again - to the full extent! So that something, and the railway in Russia is still quite reliable. The result in the transport sector can (and we should strive for this) should become so - Russia's monopoly on the transportation of goods from China to Europe. And again, it is possible! Perhaps due to the very location of Russia. It so happened that through us the shortest path from east to west. Here you and one more field for confrontation - many European and American transport companies can go from such a deal around the world. Will they like it? - Hardly. Intrigues and intrigues will begin against Russia. And we will again remind the Chinese of the obvious benefits that they can lose if they don’t help us in time.
And in all the rest, where Russian-Chinese interaction will be assumed, one can complain at any opportunity to the enemy’s intrigues of the ugly West (which, in fact, is not far from the truth). And hate the lion of a crocodile more than ever. After two or three such cases of intersection of interests, it is already possible to apply diplomacy in full force. Directly say: "Comrades Chinese! You are not even fed up with the unipolar world ?! ”And afterwards come up with a new proposal:“ Let's join the efforts of our diplomats to oppose NATO in the event of ANY armed clashes, where “Uncle Sam” wants to get. That's just ... The position of Russia is known to all. And what if you try it like this: first you will rush at them with a harsh condemnation of their actions, and we will support it, will it go? ”
After reading these lines, who condemned my previous article, they will probably say (with a twist of a finger at his temple): “Well, I’d completely moved my mind! He wrote something about the threat, and in the second part he almost proposes to be friends! ”“ Do not hurry. Exactly, I wrote about the threat and about the concessions of our Russian land, which CANNOT have been done IN ANY CASE. And who said that the threat can be nullified only by “saber-rattling”? Why not just take it aside? .. In the right direction. So that the lion in his jump jumped us without hitting, and we also helped him, inspiring this jump.
And finally. But gunpowder should still be kept dry and with money obtained, including from cooperation with the eastern neighbor-lion, to strengthen the country's defense capability in the west and in the east. By defense, I ask you to understand not only the actual number of troops and the quality of weapons, but also the population of our state. In the first place - Siberia and the Far East.