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The US was afraid of the Chinese "blue men"

The US was afraid of the Chinese "blue men"China used against the American destroyer "Lassen" detachments of the naval police, which have already been called "little blue men." Earlier, Beijing even managed to threaten Washington with a war for patrolling territories that the Chinese consider their own. So far, it has been decided to limit to distracting maneuvers, which, however, had an effect.

In Brezhnev times such an anecdote was popular: "The US shamelessly and brazenly interfere in the internal affairs of the USSR throughout the world." The USSR is long gone, but the United States still considers the whole world to be its inalienable interests: Syria, Afghanistan, Ukraine, the Baltic republics ... Thousands of kilometers from any of these countries to Washington, but the Americans actively influence the internal politics of each of them . Somewhere by military force, somewhere buying up the elite, somewhere combining methods.

“While Russian“ green men ”are widely known in the Crimea, insufficient attention is paid to the Chinese“ blue men ”

It is not a secret that the United States is much better at creating hot spots than trying to resolve conflicts. In fairness, we note that the USSR did it better too, for breaking is not to build. The Russian intervention in Syria, carried out in the fourth year of the civil war, is, of course, the opposite example - there can no longer be worse. However, the settlement of the Syrian conflict is still very far away.
The list of traditional hot spots in the near future may add another region - the South China Sea. And if the situation there still breaks out, it is largely due to the United States.

The Nanshi Islands, also known as the Spratlys, are an archipelago with a controversial status, claimed by China, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei, and also Taiwan. Of course, the main player is Beijing, whose position on the territories that it considers its own has always been very tough. After the end of the Second World War, China had border conflicts with India, Vietnam and the USSR - in all cases caused by disputing the status of territories that can hardly be called especially attractive. The same island Damansky, which for many years has spoiled the Soviet-Chinese relations, is a regularly flooded piece of land, the main value of which is floodplain meadows. Nevertheless, in Chinese it is called “Precious,” and the Chinese soldiers were ready to fight for it to the last drop of blood.

Spratly, at first glance, also do not bear their special value. There are no populations, ports or harbors. Until recently, their controversial status is not particularly worried about the applicant countries, they had questions and more important. As is often the case, everyone changed oil and gas. The total hydrocarbon reserves in the South China Sea, according to the China National Shelf Oil Corporation (CNOOC), are estimated at 125 billion barrels of oil and 14 trillion cubic meters. m of gas. The US Department of Energy, in turn, suggests that up to 5,4 billion barrels of oil and up to 55,1 trillion cubic meters of gas can be extracted in the waters of the disputed islands.

Of course, with such figures, Washington could not stand aside and give the countries - applicants to the islands the right to solve their dispute themselves. American ships and airplanes regularly appear in the area of ​​the islands, which causes protests from China. Beijing, however, is also not sitting idly; it is busy naming artificial islands in order to increase the size of the water area to which it can claim under international maritime law. This, of course, causes discontent of other countries.
According to Reuters, the US Navy intends to conduct its patrols twice a quarter through the territory that China already considers its own. All in order to "remind China and other states of the relevant US law international law."

To use military force “to remind of their rights” is very American, and, of course, denies other countries of this method of refreshing their memory.

However, according to a Defense News report, China seems to have figured out how to fight American military activity without engaging in direct conflict. We are talking about "blue men" - by analogy with the "green men", which in Russia is usually called "polite people".

When the American destroyer Lassen passed by the newly built Chinese island, he was accompanied by Chinese warships that behaved with restraint, the newspaper writes. But small vessels, looking merchant or fishing, behaved much more provocatively, crossed the course of the destroyer and maneuvered in close proximity to him.

Professor Andrew Ericson, professor at the US Naval College, remembered Crimea in this connection. “While Russian“ green men ”are widely known in the Crimea, insufficient attention is paid to Chinese“ blue men ”in the South China Sea, he noted. “This is very different from what the US is doing, and we don’t know how to resist it.”

Of course, people in unmarked uniforms are not Crimean know-how. But it is significant that any departure from the usual methods for the United States confuses the American military.

At the same time, it is not necessary that under the guise of fishermen the American destroyer was disturbed by special forces or disguised marines. The Chinese are for the most part patriots, so it may well be a matter of private initiative. But for some reason, Americans are urged to believe in private initiative only when it comes to euromaidan or other pro-Western public activity, and immediately begin to look for the Kremlin’s hand, or, in this case, Beijing’s hand, when someone opposes of them.

Military conflict in the South China Sea is not needed by any of the countries that claim to the islands and, first of all, Beijing does not need it. China’s supply of petroleum products goes through this area, and even after the construction of the Power of Siberia is completed, Russian deliveries will not be able to compensate for a break in shipping in this area.
Therefore, Beijing needs a peaceful solution to the issue. It is unlikely that Vietnam or the Philippines are also set to a military conflict.

The only force that can translate the cold war for the archipelago into a “hot phase” is the United States. But the “blue men” may well become an effective way to impede Washington’s military activity in the region.

Russia so far does not interfere in the conflict around the Spratly, and, probably, this is the most correct position at the moment, we do not need a quarrel with either Beijing or Vietnam, with which Moscow maintains very warm partnership. Only the goodwill of all the parties involved in the dispute can bring the countries claiming to the archipelago of the country to the negotiating table, and the external impact is unlikely to cause anything but harm.

But closely monitor how the situation develops, of course, necessary.
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  1. Andrey Yuryevich
    Andrey Yuryevich 5 November 2015 05: 37
    "sea cops" sounds cool ... these are not "seals" for you ... laughing
  2. Alexkorzun
    Alexkorzun 5 November 2015 06: 20
    Well, what is the article about? Lots of bukaf and nothing! No information, conclusion, analysis. They stuck the "blue men" ... Who is this, what are they doing, how can they (can) or have they already been able to prevent the Americans from patrolling? Complete bullshit!
    1. Slobber
      Slobber 5 November 2015 09: 52
      You do not understand anything, the uryaklam need to "suck America". And the fact that China both blathers to no avail, and blathers, no one really cares.
      1. Samen
        Samen 5 November 2015 16: 28
        And the fact that China blundered to no avail and blathers does not really bother anyone.

        China does not "blather". Modern China is convincingly silent!
      2. gav6757
        gav6757 5 November 2015 16: 44
        Americans saw blue men, then green, then blue ...
        Generally ended up in a madhouse, with a pederastic bias!
      3. Altona
        Altona 5 November 2015 21: 41
        Quote: razgildyay
        You do not understand anything, the uryaklam need to "suck America". And the fact that China both blathers to no avail, and blathers, no one really cares.

        Do you consider yourself a sensible person? Take a closer look and label everyone?
        According to the article itself, China simply squeezes out the sea areas that are critical for it, because China is vulnerable in the sea ... We have no special critical interests there, so we are just monitoring the situation ...
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  4. V.ic
    V.ic 5 November 2015 07: 11
    And I put a "plus" in the article.
    "There were no bonds stronger in the world,
    In our columns jubilant May.
    It steps the Soviet Union,
    This is a mighty Soviet Union,
    New China is marching nearby! "
    Let our former "brothers for ever" sharpen their spears in the south direction. I wish them / sincerely / in this difficult task maximum success!
  5. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 5 November 2015 07: 29
    At this rate, the Americans are not far from reaching the "squirrel". When green and blue men appear everywhere, it's hard to talk about mental health. But this is their (Americans) problem, which they themselves have created.
  6. Volzhanin
    Volzhanin 5 November 2015 07: 51
    Striped snotty mattresses, people will figure out their islands even without you. This is not your dog thing!
    What, is it so hard to sound striped geeks?
  7. samara-58
    samara-58 5 November 2015 08: 24
    Ward number 6 is waiting and crying !!!!! Che they add to the food, that they are so flattened ??! what
  8. Was mammoth
    Was mammoth 5 November 2015 09: 09
    Running through the headlines in the press, I noticed that there are no more cowards than rabbits than the USA and Western Europe. They are afraid of their own shadow. wink I think it's time to put together a collection of headlines with the word "scared".
  9. waiting in
    waiting in 5 November 2015 09: 32
    as in the movie "Life of Pi" instead of meerkats on the island to land several hundred thousand "blue men" :))))
  10. antiexpert
    antiexpert 5 November 2015 10: 18
    the celestials are hysterical, and you can understand them: the US sabotage called "Fukushima" or an artificial tsunami from a nuclear explosion has clearly shown how the United States can soak China tightly, without a toilet.
  11. Rostislav
    Rostislav 5 November 2015 15: 40
    Beijing ... is busy cleaning up artificial islands in order to increase the size of the water area that it can claim under international law of the sea

    According to international law of the sea, an artificial increase in the island’s area does not lead to an increase in the 12-mile zone, which is still considered to be from the natural coastline, nor to an increase in the zone of exclusive economic interests.
    1. Xsanchez
      Xsanchez 6 November 2015 04: 05
      But you can wash the airfield.
  12. lukke
    lukke 5 November 2015 15: 44
    until I really do not understand - why are the states now teasing China? In Syria, graters are with us, in Ukraine in Donbass too, and here they start to "pick" the corn ...
    1. Samen
      Samen 5 November 2015 16: 25
      The article has an answer to your question:
      The United States still considers the whole world a zone of its inalienable interests
  13. Oleg7700
    Oleg7700 5 November 2015 16: 27
    The US Secretary of Defense today visited the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt 200 miles from the disputed Spratly Islands. In addition, an amphibious group of three US helicopter carriers and docks entered the South China Sea. On board the Marines ...
  14. gammipapa
    gammipapa 5 November 2015 21: 30
    The birth of a new brand.
    The Chinese even copied the little men from us.
  15. Kolovrat88
    Kolovrat88 5 November 2015 22: 55
    poor Americans. Judging by the articles on Topvar, they only do what they get scared ..
  16. kartalovkolya
    kartalovkolya 6 November 2015 08: 07
    The United States is not able to learn even from its mistakes, especially in Asia, let's take the same Japan, they "fiddled" with it from 1941 to 1945, and only when the USSR (in less than 1 month) broke the back of the Kwantung Army, the Americans dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki (although there was no military need for this), and the war in Vietnam, which the "minke whales" lost with a deafening "bang", is that not enough for them, or do they want them to be "cleaned up" once again? So these "narrow-eyed" guys will not "rust", especially since the Vietnam War in Asia, much has changed!