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The global crisis and the “yellow threat” led to the arms race of the countries of the Asia-Pacific Region. Part of 4. The threat of the emergence of "Asian NATO"

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Japan


The main opponent of China in the APR is Japan. Sino-Japanese Wars 1894-1895 and 1937-1945 created a powerful foundation of mutual hostility. At present, most Chinese and Japanese dislike each other. So, in August 2013 of the year, a survey was conducted, which showed that the Chinese and the Japanese have a very bad opinion about each other in the last nine years. About 93% of Japanese people have a negative attitude towards China, while in China 90% of people hate the Japanese. Apparently, this situation will not change in the near future. Moreover, without a breakthrough in relations between the two Asian powers, relations will only get worse.

However, a breakthrough that normalizes relations between the two countries is unlikely to occur. Tokyo is gradually dropping its constraints, which were imposed as a result of defeat in World War II. Japan has embarked on the creation of full-fledged armed forces with offensive weapons, the development of the military-industrial complex, military cooperation with other countries (India, Turkey, France and the United Kingdom). It is obvious that Japan will soon become a full-fledged military power. And taking into account its economic power - and one of the leading military powers.

Signs that Japan no longer intends to experience an inferiority complex about its participation in World War II, are becoming more and more. So, at the end of December, the “militarist” Yasukuni temple in Tokyo was visited by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. In the spring, the 2013 deputies of the Japanese parliament visited the temple. Most are from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and the Japan Renaissance Party. Earlier, the temple, where the souls of all warriors who sacrificed their lives for “the emperor and great Japan,” is worshiped, was visited by the deputy head of the government and the minister of finance. At the beginning of 169, the Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan Yoshitaka Shindo honored the memory of the defenders of Japan.

In general, the Japanese can understand. You can not repent forever for the mistakes of ancestors. The Japanese, like the Germans, were appointed the main culprits of the Second World War, although the real instigators of the war — the United Kingdom, the United States and partly France represented by the “financial international” —had remained in the shadows or even enrolled in the camp of winners and “innocent victims” of aggression. The Japanese nation has every right to be proud of its history. For centuries, Japanese warriors have shown themselves to be a skillful and strong adversary that commands respect.

Therefore, an increase in the Japanese military budget and an increase in capabilities of the Armed Forces should not be surprising. All countries of the Asia-Pacific region are arming, Japan is no exception. Japan’s military budget is fairly stable in recent years: 2010 year - 53-54 billion dollars, 2012 year - about 57 billion dollars, 2013 year - 58 billion dollars, 2014 year - about 59 billion dollars. In terms of its military spending, Japan is second only to the United States, China and Russia, being approximately on par with such recognized military powers as the United Kingdom and France, and overtaking Germany, Saudi Arabia and India.

The formation of the Japanese defense strategy and the military budget of Japan directly depends on the development of China and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Do not forget to follow the situation in Russia in Tokyo. Japan is opposed to the development of the DPRK nuclear and missile programs. Tensions on the Korean Peninsula and the Pyongyang test of a ballistic missile led to the active participation of Japan in the US missile defense program.

Japan's self-defense air force to replace the outdated third-generation multi-role fighter F-4EJ, a modification of the American F-4 Phantom II bought the F-35A fighter. Japan plans to get an 42 aircraft. In the summer of 2012, the Japanese government entered into a contract with Lockheed Martin, a US company, to supply the first four X-NUMX-generation fighters of the F-5A Lightning II. At the same time, the Japanese stepped up a program to develop a fifth-generation ATD-X Shinshin national advanced fighter. On 35 year, the first flight of the prototype fighter is scheduled. In 2014, the prototype for testing should get the Japanese Air Force. In the future, this aircraft should replace the Mitsubishi F-2015 (the Japanese version of the American F-2 combat aircraft).

Japan is also increasing naval shock forces. Japan’s naval self-defense forces in 2012 put the lead ship of the 22 DDH project (they plan to build two helicopter carriers). In August, 2013, the ship was launched. This is the largest warship built in the shipyards of Japan in the postwar years. Many experts call the Izumo a light aircraft carrier, since with a slight modernization it can accommodate vertical take-off and landing fighters. In addition, Japan in the 2009-2011 years received two squadron destroyers of the "Hyuga" type. It is possible that two more such ships will be built.

The global crisis and the “yellow threat” led to the arms race of the countries of the Asia-Pacific Region. Part of 4. The threat of the emergence of "Asian NATO"


Japan continues its Soryu-class submarine construction program. The Navy received five submarines in 2009-2013. At the end of October 2013, the sixth submarine was launched. She will be part of fleet in 2015. Two more Soryu-class submarines are being built. The plans for the construction of several more submarines. The Ministry of Defense of Japan also plans to build two new destroyers with the Aegis system. Currently, Japan has six destroyers equipped with the Aegis system and SM-3 long-range anti-aircraft missiles.

At the same time, Japan decided to review the ban on the sale of military products to other states and intensified military-technical cooperation with other states. In 2012, Japan and the United Kingdom signed a cooperation agreement on joint arms development. This was the first such agreement that Tokyo concluded outside its allied relations with the United States. In the fall of 2013, Japan began negotiations with Turkey on joint work in the military field. In particular, we are talking about creating a joint venture to develop and manufacture engines for the main combat tanks. In early 2014, military-technical cooperation between Japan and India intensified. The Indian military has expressed willingness to purchase Japanese seaplanes. On January 9, Japan and France agreed to strengthen military ties and increase military-technical cooperation. Key priorities: aviation unmanned systems, helicopter engineering and submarines.



Dispute over the islands

The Japanese-Chinese conflict over the Senkaku Islands continues. A few days ago, Japan held exercises. During the “Defense of the Islands” maneuvers, the Japanese airborne units dislodged the enemy from their land. Defense Minister Itunori Onodar said that Japan was ready to reliably protect its territory and the waters around the Senkaku Islands. At the same time, Japan announced a decision to nationalize another 280 of islands - in order to determine the boundaries of territorial waters.

In turn, China has unilaterally imposed restrictions on fishing in the South China Sea. New rules entered into force on January 1, 2014. According to these rules, a foreign fishing vessel, intending to enter the waters that China considers its own, must first obtain permission from the Chinese authorities. The Japanese secretary of defense called Beijing’s actions a threat to the “existing world order,” and Washington described Beijing’s actions as “provocative and potentially dangerous.” Tokyo and Washington want to involve other APR countries in the anti-China “front”, including Vietnam and the Philippines, which have territorial disputes with the PRC.

Having no hope of gaining a concession to Japan in the dispute over the Senkaku Islands, China decided to change tactics and get the support of the world community. Beijing complained to the UN and called on Japan to be condemned for the visit of the head of government, Shinzo Abe, to the Yasukuni temple. At the same time, China suspended three exchange programs with Japan. Beijing is trying to draw the attention of international organizations to the problem and to involve the world community in the discussion of the conflict.



"Asian NATO"

James E. Lyons, the highest military representative of the United States at the United Nations, former commander-in-chief of the Pacific Fleet, and Richard D. Fisher, Jr., senior fellow at the International Center for Evaluation and Strategy, published an article in the American edition of The Washington Times to create an analogue of NATO in Asia . In the article, the authors expressed concern about the growing aggressive policy of China, which increasingly challenges the US leadership in the region and the Asian allies of America.

Lyons and Fisher Jr. believe that if the US wants to maintain its leading position in the region, then “NATO in Asia” would be an ideal option. True, they immediately note that so far this is an unrealistic option, given the contradictions between a number of APR countries. So, strong contradictions exist between two allies of the USA - Japan and South Korea.

More realistic, according to the authors of the article, is another scenario. Many APR countries prefer informal cooperation in the defense sphere, and this allows the US to play the role of a stabilizer of the situation. The United States can broaden and deepen the already existing bilateral defense treaties. However, such a strategy should be supported by the modernization of military forces and means of deterrence, the cessation of the process of reducing nuclear disarmament, work on new types weapons, including tactical missiles and energy weapons.

It should be noted that in the West more than once raised the issue of creating an "Asian NATO". Back in 2007, Republican Rudolf Giuliani, being a presidential candidate, proposed expanding the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to include Israel, India, Australia, Singapore, and Japan. It should also be noted that American troops are already in Japan, South Korea and Australia. The US is creating a naval base in Singapore, actively cooperating with the Philippines. Recently, the United States has been actively increasing its military presence in South Korea. The US military contingent in South Korea will reinforce with another infantry battalion with tanks and infantry fighting vehicles, it will receive the 1-I brigade of the 2-th Infantry Division. In 2013, the 23 battalion of chemical troops and a squadron of OH-58D combat reconnaissance helicopters were returned to Korea. In addition, recently the NATO countries have been actively seeking an alliance with India.

In general, the likelihood of creating an "Asian NATO" exists. The security problem may push many Asian countries into the ranks of the anti-Chinese coalition being created by Washington. In addition, some APR states are de facto under American occupation (Japan, South Korea), and even more states are in informational, ideological, and financial and economic dependence on the United States. The United States will either be able to find "cannon fodder" in the fight against China, or they will be ousted from the region. I must say that in the role of "cannon fodder" in the fight with China they want to use Russia as well.
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  1. vladsolo56
    vladsolo56 17 January 2014 08: 01
    +8
    Asian NATO will never be. The thing is that in Asia there is no single history, and today the most important thing is that there is no single religious platform, that’s the way it is. There are countries with an openly Muslim state system, there are with a deep history of Buddhism, and there are generally secular ones. In addition, the level of development has a rather large scatter. Therefore, it is impossible to create a real block based on all this. Most likely, many countries will enter into a closer alliance with China.
    1. Kibalchish
      Kibalchish 17 January 2014 11: 44
      +4
      Asian NATO has been around for a long time. This is a US alliance with Japan and South Korea. Taiwan and the Philippines are partially strapped to this union. No one will enter into an alliance with China, for China is hated fiercely.
      1. AVV
        AVV 17 January 2014 15: 47
        +1
        To oust America from all regions is the first priority !!! The more often they change their locations, the sooner they will enter an economic tailspin !!! And this is beneficial for Asia and Africa and for Europe !!!
    2. URAL72
      URAL72 17 January 2014 19: 30
      +2
      The Collective Protection Treaty of Southeast Asia, or the Manila Treaty (Manila Pact) on the establishment of the SEATO organization was signed on September 8, 1954. The SEATO organization officially appeared in 1956. unlike NATO, an attack on one of the parties to the SEATO treaty was not automatically considered an attack on the others, therefore, each participant could effectively block any collective action by SEATO. However, in accordance with the Manila Treaty (Article 4), in the event of armed “aggression” “in the area covered by the treaty”, SEATO members committed themselves to “act to overcome this general danger in accordance with their constitutional procedures” and consult in the event of a “threat of aggression." The separation of eastern part of Pakistan in 1971 and the proclamation of the independent People's Republic of Bangladesh on this territory deprived Islamabad of meaning in participating in the organization, and on November 7, 1973, Pakistan left SEATO. After the withdrawal of US troops from Vietnam, the authority of SEATO fell sharply. The decline in interest in the treaty was caused by the fact that SEATO was unable to be effective as a collective security organization. In 1975, the bloc officially left Thailand, which was largely due to the coming to power of the rest of Indochina's communists (the victory of North Vietnam over Yuzhny, the coming to power in Kampuchea of ​​the Khmer Rouge in April 1975, the overthrow by the communist rebels of the monarchy in Laos in December of that year). Amid the general strengthening of the positions of the communist forces in Southeast Asia, the Council of Ministers of SEATO decided (September 1975) to prepare for the dissolution of this organization by mutual agreement of the participating countries. The reunification of Vietnam was announced in 1976, and on 30 June 1977, SEATO was formally dissolved.
  2. Arhj
    Arhj 17 January 2014 08: 28
    +3
    "In the article, the authors expressed concern about the growing aggressive policy of China, which is increasingly challenging the US leadership ..."
    This is the main reason for the attempts to create an "Asian NATO", and the United States traditionally does not care about the interests of the Asian allies, who happen to be the first to fall under pressure.
    If necessary, the States of the Allies are changing very quickly, which they have repeatedly demonstrated.
    1. Vovka levka
      Vovka levka 17 January 2014 18: 23
      0
      Quote: Arhj
      "In the article, the authors expressed concern about the growing aggressive policy of China, which is increasingly challenging the US leadership ..."

      Here you are mistaken, the main goal of China is Russia. China needs resources, and they are nearby, a little North. In China, it is not customary to indicate true goals before action begins. It is not necessary to be afraid of those who are trending a lot, but those who are silent and are slowly arming themselves.
      1. URAL72
        URAL72 17 January 2014 19: 34
        +1
        China really has become as dangerous for Russia as NATO. With the growth of Chinese military and economic power, it will soon become threat No. 1, especially when you consider that he does not need to consult with well-fed, but perennial allies.
  3. Basileus
    Basileus 17 January 2014 09: 34
    +2
    I won’t say anything about cannon fodder, but the fact that China should be wary is definitely true.

    At the expense of Asian NATO, the only thing that keeps the US Asian allies together is the States themselves. At the same time, not a single state has sympathies for each other, rather, quite the contrary. The only strong alliance in the Asia-Pacific region — the Republic of Korea, Japan, and Australia — cannot get along well, and Australia does not yet care about China.

    Other theoretical opponents of China that have conflicts with it, for example, India or Vietnam, will certainly not enter into such an alliance.
    1. Alex_Popovson
      Alex_Popovson 17 January 2014 10: 17
      +3
      China must be wary - definitely true

      These Oziyats should be feared by all. They are on their own mind, and even everyone else considers the rest barbarians unworthy of existence. While Russia sells gas / oil, it is a less profitable partner, even for japs. Japa is a historic splinter in the soft spot of the South Asian region. China generally annoys and annoys everyone, and the Vietnamese are ready to melt all the tea houses in their swamps. Well, South Korea (and Nihonia, of course) is a very profitable ally in terms of technology. Malaysians are generally Sunnis collaborating with Olka-food. Singapore is the business center of all of Asia - Europeans will be strangled by it. Well, the DPRK is a local madman who annoys everyone as much as he can.
      In general, the mess will be, although I think not military, but almost espionage and most importantly - of a diplomatic nature.
      But all this doesn’t matter, because Russia NECESSARY get a piece of cake here. And maybe even territorial - remember how many goods pass through the South China Sea? Yes, and America and all sorts of British Commonwealths (by the way, those who are very close to this region and have a considerable share there for a long time), we must not forget, they are still not stupid, and if they are smart people, they will not miss their profit.
      Well, in a word, we are observing, we are betting on events and we are waiting for those whose first nerves can’t stand it
  4. Standard Oil
    Standard Oil 17 January 2014 10: 52
    +3
    All the same, China has no competitor in the region, in the North-Russia that it certainly will not contact China and does not enter any blocks against it, in the northeast of South Korea, which is neutralized by the presence of the DPRK which is vigilantly monitoring all the actions of Southerners , in the east, Japan, with all due respect, I don’t know what Japan can oppose to China, they couldn’t even deal with feudal fragmented China, they got stuck in a swamp, and drowned in the end, and then a single centralized China, what can they do? In the south, all kinds of limitrophs, which certainly do not pose any danger to China and certainly do not even think of any offensive actions, the only country that can at least to some extent oppose China is India in the south-west, here it is the Americans make a ram against China, like the USSR against Germany, then the Chinese need to be careful.
    1. Alex_Popovson
      Alex_Popovson 17 January 2014 11: 31
      +3
      History shows that for any size and equipment of the Chinese army, I'm sorry for the expression, waffle riveting.
      South Korea neutralized by North Korea

      The DPRK is, in my opinion, an American jester, it’s not for nothing that the DPRK exists while the United States sends fertilizers. Moreover, whatever one may say, the army of the Republic of Kazakhstan will be stronger than the army of the DPRK, and the American presence is affecting, in general, the southerners are not so constrained in their actions.
      they could not deal with feudal fragmented China

      Believe me, China is now like that - political, mafia and business clans, and even everyone speaks a sea of ​​different dialects. And most importantly, everyone wanted to put on the Communist Party, on Mao ... And on China itself too. It’s just that the Chinese economic breakthrough has completely corrupted the elite there, already fat, fatter than our or Hindu, or the same Arab magnates and oligarchs.
      In the South, all kinds of limitrophs, which certainly do not pose any danger to China and certainly do not think of any offensive actions

      Of course they don’t think, but if something happens, they will put sticks in wheels, not even sticks, but whole shafts.
      can at least to some extent oppose China is India

      That's right. True, the Indians, as they were in themselves, with their Hare Krishna, the Hare of Rama, will remain so. But they have pro-Chinese Pakistan there ... It will not taste good to anyone ...
  5. svskor80
    svskor80 17 January 2014 11: 07
    +2
    It is beneficial for Russia to direct the aggression of China and Japan against each other. Especially considering our weakness at the moment.
    1. Alex_Popovson
      Alex_Popovson 17 January 2014 11: 35
      +2
      In fact, it is beneficial for Russia to incite China to India. Firstly (cynically, I do not argue), the number of consumers of food and water resources will slightly decrease. Secondly, China will be weakened, and there will be less one competitor in the Pacific. And the third ... It's just interesting to see how modern large-scale war, and not a shootout between 3.5 nokhchi-beards
      1. Detector
        Detector 17 January 2014 12: 55
        +3
        I disagree, not at all profitable. One must be more far-sighted.
        Russia needs a defense alliance against China. USA and Japan are falling away. Who stays strong?
        India! Moreover, we have historically good relations. India does not have anger against us, does not make plans against us. This is the only normal ally. Do not lose it.
        It must be remembered that if there is a China-India conflict, then Pakistan will go against India, they will not miss this. + Bangladesh and Ceylon (Chinese bridgeheads.)
        In this situation, although with great losses, India (alone) will be broken.
        And what will happen next ? China will lick its wounds and go to the Urals?
        1. Alex_Popovson
          Alex_Popovson 18 January 2014 09: 42
          0
          One caveat, nobody needs a strong China. If he is fighting someone, it means he is already drawing a huge target on himself. And besides everything, it seems to me that it’s almost impossible to break India. Yes, the army does not shine with their novelties, and in general all the equipment and weapons are quite an old zoo from around the world. But they have no less reservists than in China, and the situation is very convenient, the main enemy forces will attack from the north and northeast, which is very convenient. But the sea landing seems to me not to be feasible ... Well oh well, I'm not a staff officer.
          And here Bangladesh, you very rightly noticed, will give in to the haze, and I think that in Sri Lanka there were sympathizers of the Tigers. However, I repeat, I do not think that India will be broken, rather, on the contrary, the Indians will break the Chinese
  6. Krokodilych
    Krokodilych 17 January 2014 11: 50
    +2
    Dreams-Dreams - China is crushing economically over Asia and Oceania. Even Australia is arming itself against Muslim Indonesia, and not against China - on which it is VERY economically dependent (there are no fools to cut the branch on which you sit).
    Japan let it arm itself - several Iskander divisions with special ammunition will multiply all creeps by zero - and money already - bye-bye.
    1. Alex_Popovson
      Alex_Popovson 17 January 2014 11: 59
      0
      Even Australia Arms Against Muslim Indonesia

      Oh don't scare, huh? Seriously, the Indonesians seem to be peaceful, but the number times the Islamic fanaticism ... All this is scary.
      Japan let it arm itself - several Iskander divisions with special ammunition will multiply all creeps by zero - and money already - bye-bye.

      Who will use the special ammunition, who will allow it? Then the world community will not look at anything - the bonbon that used the vigorous nucleus will be sent to all the letters that are known.
      And the Iskander division, especially against the fleet, is not enough. True, the Japs have such a small gap in all (if they happen) militaristic plans - the national debt of Nihoniya is 3 times more than the American one and amounts to ... 2 US dollars. What is the hint?
      1. Krokodilych
        Krokodilych 17 January 2014 12: 15
        0
        Oh don't scare, huh? Seriously, the Indonesians seem to be peaceful, but the number times the Islamic fanaticism ... All this is scary.

        You did not read the Australian media? What is the conversation then? :)
        Now there is a big scandal with refugees on boats - which the Australians began to wrap up, while Indonesia is quietly sabotaging the process. Not everything is fine in general.

        No one will use Iskander against the fleet - there are strategic bombers for this. But hacking on military sites and cities - yes, that's why - therefore, the attempts of the Japanese will have zero significance. And no one will ask whether to use special ammunition or not.
        1. Alex_Popovson
          Alex_Popovson 17 January 2014 13: 12
          -1
          Do not think that I am mocking, I am completely serious, and I am fully listening to you.
          You did not read the Australian media? What is the conversation then? :)

          I did not read the Australian press, but it seemed to flash this message on Mayak, and maybe on the Internet I read it.
          Now the big boat refugee scandal

          I know - that’s why I’m very uneasy. And I say it seriously. The local chapters of Allka Kayed will arrange such a p..ts at least where, right up to the help of the Uyghurs in China. And this ... Well, in general - it's like in Volgograd, only X10 per day and everywhere, in every province, in every city, whether it is China, Japan or the same Australia. It is scary, sad and unfortunately acting ...
      2. Krokodilych
        Krokodilych 17 January 2014 12: 15
        0
        Oh don't scare, huh? Seriously, the Indonesians seem to be peaceful, but the number times the Islamic fanaticism ... All this is scary.

        You did not read the Australian media? What is the conversation then? :)
        Now there is a big scandal with refugees on boats - which the Australians began to wrap up, while Indonesia is quietly sabotaging the process. Not everything is fine in general.

        No one will use Iskander against the fleet - there are strategic bombers for this. But hacking on military sites and cities - yes, that's why - therefore, the attempts of the Japanese will have zero significance. And no one will ask whether to use special ammunition or not.
      3. uhjpysq1
        uhjpysq1 17 January 2014 18: 37
        0
        Bonhun who used vigorously will be sent to all letters that are known.))))))))))))) and will stop buying our gas and oil))))))))))))))))) will not where they won’t get away. Yes, even at the price that we will assign them!
    2. igor36
      igor36 18 January 2014 01: 03
      0
      Quote: Crocodilech
      Japan let it arm itself - several Iskander divisions with special ammunition will multiply all creeps by zero

      The range of Iskander is 500 km, so he will not get it.
  7. UVB
    UVB 17 January 2014 11: 57
    +2
    In general, the Japanese can be understood. One cannot repent endlessly for the mistakes of ancestors.
    Samurai, unlike the Germans, never repented and are not going to.
    1. Alex_Popovson
      Alex_Popovson 17 January 2014 12: 04
      -1
      Samurai, unlike the Germans, never repented and are not going to.

      They simply create huge fighting robots and kawaii schoolgirls in the armor plates that control these robots. Okay, I’m joking, the Japanese are still pedagogues, (they knew how to do it anyway) they know how to fight ...
      Yes, by the way, the news in this article about aircraft carriers was very late - back in 12 there was the release of the first real aircraft carrier (prohibited by agreement with the United States), and already in August the 13th - everyone saw it.
  8. calocha
    calocha 17 January 2014 12: 23
    +2
    China will gain strength, the United States will weaken by that time, and remember everything the Japs, all the insults. The USA is trying to push Beijing and Delhi on its foreheads, another option is Beijing-Moscow, at worst Beijing-Tokyo ... Capitalism needs WAR like air ... The most chic version of Beijing Delhi ...
  9. Saburo
    Saburo 17 January 2014 12: 47
    +1
    Who knows what all this will result in ... You can shake weapons for a very long time. But it is obvious that if at some point someone nevertheless breaks, then the rest will not stand aside. Japan certainly will not.
    And of course, the most important thing is that we would be on the right side at the right moment.
  10. Stasi
    Stasi 17 January 2014 15: 21
    0
    Apparently, a major fight is brewing in the Far East, in which China, Japan, Korea, and the United States will participate. The most important thing for Russia is not to let yourself be drawn into a fight on either side, because it will not bring us any benefits, and a big hemorrhoids is guaranteed. All we need to do is to hastily strengthen our Pacific Fleet and build up an army at our Far Eastern borders, capable of resisting possible attacks, no matter which side they come from. No one can guarantee that during a possible fight, the Japanese or Chinese will not try to forcefully grab land from Russian territory. And our Kuril Islands, Sakhalin, Kamchatka, as well as the whole of the Far East, are militarily very weak, all the forces are now going to strengthen the South, Southeast Military District is the most combat-ready military district. So it is necessary to take measures to protect our Far East and strengthen the BBO.
  11. SV
    SV 17 January 2014 17: 57
    0
    The APR countries are extremely disunited, in the event of a regional conflict (the parties to the conflict - to choose from), each country will decide its own selfish interests. The only factor, if not the unification of individual states, then at least the appearance of their consolidation in countering threats, is the states. The United States, with its divide and conquer policy, pushed to create certain military-political couplings, such as the PRC - North Korea, the Kyrgyz Republic - Japan - Taiwan, Russia - Vietnam (based on the results of the GDP trip to this country). Nevertheless, the pragmatic position of Russia and China does not allow (at least at this stage) the Americans to "knock their heads together," moreover, its actions led to a consolidated foreign policy and military cooperation (for example, joint exercises directed against third countries). In the Celestial Empire, serious political scientists declare (and in the domestic press) that confrontation with Russia is extremely unprofitable not at the present stage, not in the short term, but extremely beneficial to the United States.
    We have been friends with the Americans, now we are spending tremendous efforts to minimize the losses from such cooperation, reviewing priorities for the Russian Federation - is urgent and consistent with modern realities. And in this matter, our country needs to be extremely selective ....
  12. homosum20
    homosum20 17 January 2014 21: 05
    0
    Does not convince. Quotations lead laziness. (All the same Friday, rest nada)
    It is much more realistic to put together a bloc on the basis of Russia-China in that region. At least based on the geopolitical division "land-sea". In that region "sea" is only Japan. Everything else is "dry land".
    And comparing the potential of Japan and China is not entirely correct. Of course, if you consider their neighbors as fools, entering into alliances with the goal of getting p.
  13. blizart
    blizart 18 January 2014 20: 59
    +1
    There is a long and major historical process, the transformation of the Pacific Ocean into another Mediterranean area of ​​mankind. This theory says that during all periods of the formation of civilization, mankind has always had a sea among the lands, one of the reasons - sea transport is many times more profitable than any other. During the heyday of ancient culture and the development of Europe, this sea was the Mediterranean itself. In the era of "great geographical discoveries" and the development of America, the Atlantic Ocean became it. Well, now the turn has come for the largest and still inconvenient ocean for us. How to finally fix this sea "curse" of Russia. Make friends with Japan, return to Vietnam, recapture Port Arthur, buy back Alaska, make Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky the largest naval base and port. Here are the options to pass just two unfriendly La Perouse Straits and ... Tsushima