Демократический алмаз безопасности Азии

ТОКИО – Летом 2007 г., выступая в Центральном зале парламента Индии в качестве премьер-министра Японии, я говорил о «Слиянии двух морей» (эту фразу я взял из названия книги, написанной могольским принцем Мухаммадом Дарой Шукохом в 1655 г.), что вызвало бурные аплодисменты и большое одобрение присутствовавших законодателей. Пять лет спустя я еще более твердо уверен, что те мои слова были правильными.

Мир, стабильность и свобода судоходства в Тихом океане неотделимы от мира, стабильности и свободы судоходства в Индийском океане. События, затрагивающие эти океаны, тесно связаны друг с другом как никогда прежде. Япония, как старейшая морская демократическая страна Азии, должна играть более заметную роль в сохранении всеобщего благосостояния в обоих регионах.

Но Южно-Китайское море становится все больше похожим на «пекинское озеро», которое, по словам аналитиков, будет для Китая тем, чем для советской России было Охотское море: море, достаточно глубокое для того, чтобы Военно-морской флот Народно-освободительной армии Китая (НОАК) смог базировать здесь свои ударные атомные подводные лодки, способные осуществлять пуск ракет с ядерными боеголовками. Вскоре вновь построенные авианосцы ВМФ НОАК будут обычным зрелищем, чего более чем достаточно, чтобы напугать соседей Китая.

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