Of course, that's a different can of worm , the reason why the PRC have never seriously talked about retaking Mongolia is also a obvious political one, because Mongolia broke away during the Republic era mainly thx to the "help" (aka conspriacy) of the USSR, so after Mao won the civil war (which again the USSR had a hand in) it was obviously keen on not angering their biggest backer at that point. and even today there is still the general feeling that if they retake Mongolia not only would they scare the living $#@!e out of everyone else in the region (and the US) but even really angering Russia, which is still obviously their biggest partner geo-strategically speaking.
It is ironic of course, since there are more Mongolian Speakers and Mongolians living in China than in Mongolia, and also the old Mongolian writing system is only preserved in China, and mostly dead in Mongolia.
Thanks for the explanation RollingWave. What you say makes sense. To me Mongolia fits more with China than with the USSR (back in the day) but I can see how any Chinese action in the area would trigger a dramatic change in relations with Russia. I think Russia and China are uneasy bedfellows, united in their dislike of the U.S. but beyond that not a lot in common. Once those resources become more scare Mongolia could well be in play between the two powers.
"After a 16-hour drive under the piercing blue skies of Mongolia's southern Gobi, the first view of the world's newest mega-mine looks eerily like a desert aflame.
Black clouds of dust billow up above the horizon from the pit at Tavan Tolgoi, where a swarm of bulldozers and mechanical diggers have clawed a 70-metre deep gash into the yellow hills.
This resource – thought to be the biggest deposit of coking coal on the planet – is chewed out and transported away to China by a seemingly endless line of trucks that rumble across the plains in a convoy of dust.
Until recently, this area of southern Mongolia was one of the world's last great wildernesses – a cold desert that is home to gazelle, wild ass and herders living a traditional nomadic existence.
Today, however, it is the centre of the planet's greatest resource boom. Some are calling it "the last frontier", others "Minegolia". Whatever the name, this impoverished but remarkable nation in east Asia is on the brink of one of the most dramatic transformations in human history."
Another article I read called Mongolia China's Canada. It definitely sounds like there is huge potential there. Oh, and "wild ass" apparently as well.
Yes. We were having a discussion a few days ago and one of our members was emphasizing how closely Russia and China work together but others were making the point it's almost always when they're coordinating against the United States. The topic of discussion was the U.N. Security Council resolution to condemn Assad in Syria which those two blocked.
Yeah, but from China's POV they essentially say they stand for non-interference of other country's domestic affairs and on that level they've been fairly consistent. though Syria's out of this topic's frame really, but suffice to say international diplomacy is almost never black and white, but almost always a really dark greyish realpolitk . This is true for everyone.
Though on the brighter side, since WW2 the world have mostly managed to keep this balance act within reasonable degree, there have been considerablly less challenges to shatter it , and even today China and Russia is still playing well within the game rules. while those that are not (most noteably North Korea, and to some lesser extend Iran / Syria etc) are not nearly as serious as the events that preluded the World Wars for example
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China Will Have Nuclear Subs in 2 Years...
China submarines to soon carry nukes, draft U.S. report says
WASHINGTON | Thu Nov 8, 2012 - New subs could be deployed within 2 years
China appears to be within two years of deploying submarine-launched nuclear weapons, adding a new leg to its nuclear arsenal that should lead to arms-reduction talks, a draft report by a congressionally mandated U.S. commission says. China in the meantime remains "the most threatening" power in cyberspace and presents the largest challenge to U.S. supply chain integrity, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission said in a draft of its 2012 report to the U.S. Congress.
The deployment of a hard-to-track, submarine-launched leg of China's nuclear arsenal could have significant consequences in East Asia and beyond. It also could add to tensions between the United States and China, the world's two biggest economies. Any Chinese effort to ensure a retaliatory capability against a U.S. nuclear strike "would necessarily affect Indian and Russian perceptions about the potency of their own deterrent capabilities vis-à-vis China," the report said, for instance. That means China must "complete military mechanization and make major progress in full military IT (information technology) application by 2020," he said.
To address a wide variety of security threats, "we must make major progress in modernizing national defense and the armed forces," Hu said.China is alone among the original nuclear weapons states to be expanding its nuclear forces, the report said. The others are the United States, Russia, Britain and France. Beijing is "on the cusp of attaining a credible nuclear triad of land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles, and air-dropped nuclear bombs," the report says. China has had a largely symbolic ballistic missile submarine capability for decades but is only now set to establish a "near-continuous at-sea strategic deterrent," the draft said.
Chinese President Hu Jintao has made it a priority to modernize the country's navy. China launched its first aircraft carrier, purchased from Ukraine and then refurbished, in September. "Building strong national defense and powerful armed forces that are commensurate with China's international standing and meet the needs of its security and development interests is a strategic task of China's modernization drive," Hu said in a speech on Thursday at the opening of the Chinese Communist Party's once-every-five-years congress.
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