Putin: Fulfilling the predilection for a strong man at the helm.



Izvestia, Russia

For Russia, the China Model Fits the Best


"Yes, we have the Duma, political parties, elections and other democratic institutions. … But there are fundamental differences. We always need a leader. A commander. A head.


By Alexander Livshitz



Translated By Yekaterina Blinova


October 28, 2009


Russia - Izvestia - Original Article (Russia)


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In the last century, Americans were the ones who pulled everyone else out of the Great Depression. Today, there is another tow truck - and it’s not a diesel. It's not electric. It's Asiatic - with a Chinese engine.


Their domestic economy is confidently on the rise. Industrial production is increasing at a rate of 11 percent per year. The world's leading corporations are rushing to curtail their activities in other countries to relocate in the Celestial Empire. That's not surprising. The situation there is stable. Inflation is close to zero. Over the past year the Bank of China has pushed down interest rates five times. So credit is available. The current rate of growth is several times higher than before the crisis.


State funds unleashed a real hunt for cheapened foreign assets - and not just raw materials. Any assets at all. And this is information I obtained firsthand. In almost every country one visits, the same phrase is heard: "Now that the Chinese are gone, you're here." And then, "the resources you need are here. We're walking on them. But we longer possess them. We sold them to China. … It turns out that China hasn't been weakened by the crisis." On the contrary, it has been strengthened.


Are these miracles? No. It is the result of the vitality of a mighty state organism. The Communist Party ensures the that the blood vessels are open. It turns out that under crisis conditions, this is a system that works more effectively than all others. I'll give you an example. One of our companies has a little factory in China. They had some trouble that was the fault of the local leadership and were forced to complain to the big bosses in Beijing. The essence of their answer: “We’ve checked everything. You are correct. Comrade Liu is wrong. We warned him. Our country is will manages so you can operate in peace.” The problem was resolved within days.


China and Russia: The two countries occupy much

of the earth's surface covering 11 time zones, but

America's GDP still exceeds the combined GDP of

China and Russia by a large margin.


In the United States everything is different. They have democracy - which always means there's a process - a long process. Remember last fall. Visible even then was not only a fire, but the scale of the impending catastrophe. Bush Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson literally begged Congress to hurry and approve his bailout plan. Over there … every rules and regulation had to be complied with. As a result, time was lost. The fire not only caused significant damage to the United States, but it spread abroad and set the entire global economy alight. Now the country is slowly emerging from the ditch - along with a heavy load of budget deficits and public debt.


Russia has its own methods. Yes, we have the Duma, political parties, elections and other democratic institutions. The same set as in other states. But there are fundamental differences. We always need a leader. A commander. A head. Once it was the czar. He was replaced by a general secretary. Now it’s a president with a prime minister. That is, there's a person at the top who can do almost anything - is responsible for everything. There's nothing that can be done about it; that's the kind of people we are …Which, incidentally, came in handy at the beginning of the crisis, when we had to act manually to pull the banks out from under the rubble of the collapsed stock market, or save particularly valuable assets that were invested abroad by greedy, shortsighted capitalists. As usual, we overspent, skewed the budget and acted according to the familiar principle of, “whatever it costs, we will do [мы за ценой не постоим]” An expression, by the way, that is exclusively Russian. There is no precise phrase in any other language.


Summary: we all got out of the crisis in different ways. And the most successful of all was - China. It will soon become the leading economic power in the world. I see no obstacles to prevent this. So it would be best would be to extract the maximum benefit from this. Through trade, joint investment projects, etc. All we need is patience. Negotiating with the Chinese is always difficult because of how ardently they defend their own national interests. Those able to persuade them to compromise are worthy of an automatic bonus.  





The pessimists insist: we'll become the raw material appendage of our huge eastern neighbor. I don’t understand this. Working with a nation with such huge demand offers increased production, wages and taxes. What’s wrong with that? I'll give an example: the West is a large exporter of meat. We're trying to keep it out. And were not doing so successfully. That's because the United States is now the chicken-appendage of Russia, and Brazil - and beef appendage. And why is that bad?


The Asiatic locomotive has left the station. We ought to hitch ourselves to it and then we’ll see. Either we'll uncouple ourselves and go our own way, or move into the front car.



































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