Putin could do so with impunity as his country is equipped with a thermonuclear arsenal at least as large as that of the USA; more than large enough to obliterate China. Meantime China is reputed to have only about the same number as France. As long as this remains the case the Chinese can whinge and gripe all they want to about "'unequal treaties" and so on but no Russian leader need give China Vladivostok or anything else unless he chooses to.
cassowary wrote: ↑
Sun Aug 30, 2020 4:12 pm
I had long warned about China’s ambitions in the eastern parts of Siberia which they consider as theirs and lost by an unequal treaty. It is a matter of time before Russia patches up with the west to protect its eastern provinces. Then we will hear a different tune from a certain IRA internet troll.
Putin chose to supply India with S400 but suspends delivery to China at a time when India and China had a clash. So Putin chose India over China.
The CCP don’t like that and they won’t forget.
About Putin's provision of those missiles to India: that would serve two purposes. The first to demonstrate to the Chinese "don't take Russia's friendship for granted"
. The second is to balance things up a bit better
- a lesson Russia must have learned from prior history.
Following the outbreak of war between Japan and China in 1937 Japanese landings swiftly occupied all usable seaports along the China coast thus making it impossible for the Chinese govermnent to import arms by sea. However, the Japanese could not close China's long terrestial border with the USSR and its client state Mongolia and so after 1938 armaments began to flow to Chinag's regime from this source. Along with some Soviet made weaponary Stalin must have permitted weapons ordered from ensewhere to 'flow" theough the USSR to the Chinese government; along with lesser amounts to the Communist rebels and various regional warlords.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_C ... I#Aircraft
The supply vexed the Japanese so much that in 1938 they fought a short, sharp border war against Soviet forces in Mongolia. The Japanese lost: the USSR had better tanks.
However I take note of the fact that most of the arms supplied were made up of relatively "lightweight" weaponary: notably in short supply were advanced aircraft and tanks. What was Stalin's game here? I would suggest to drip-feed enough firepower to the Chinese national army to allow them to remain in the field against Japanese Imperial forces but not enough to allow them to win a clear and decisive victory over their adversary. It suited Stalin to have the two fighting on indefinitely while over in the west his own forces settled scores with Nazi Getrmany.
I get the impression that Putin might be doing a latter-day Josef Stalin
on China but without a war.
A Russia-China alliance makes sense. Russia possesses a thermonuclear arsenal to match that of the USA while China now has a national economy whose productive capacity matches that of the USA. Put the two together and you have a power to be reconned with. At this juncture either would be silly to pull out.