Is it worth leasing the Russian Far East to South Korea on a long-term lease?


The regiment of applicants for Russian lands arrived. A few days ago, one of the candidates for the presidency of South Korea suggested the possibility of renting the Far East for a long time. China, Japan, Uzbekistan, now the Republic of Korea - what does such an increased interest of overpopulated Asian countries in our sparsely populated lands indicate?


It is noteworthy that South Korean presidential candidate Ho Yong-kyung announced Seoul's possible plans not to his domestic audience, which could be considered pre-election hype, but in an interview TASS:

If we develop the east of Russia, she will get a big profit and economic Benefits. We can turn this area into a developed region that will become vital.

And what does the South Korean politician offer us?

Not just agricultural land, but entire regions can be leased on a long-term lease: Khabarovsk Territory, Amur Region, Sakhalin, Chukotka, Kamchatka and Magadan Region, along with all their natural resources and 3 million local people. There, Seoul could establish agriculture, growing grains and soybeans for its own consumption, as well as build new nuclear power plants to export electricity. According to Mr. Yong Kyung, this will be a mutually beneficial cooperation, since the Republic of Korea will receive the food products necessary for its multi-million population, and the Russian Far East will become a successful economically developed region. Sounds great. But do we, the Russians, need our own “South Korean Hong Kong”? And will our benefactors leave after the end of the lease agreement?

Yong Kyung's proposal cannot be called original. In 2015, the Chinese company Zoje Resources Investment planned to lease 150 hectares of agricultural land in Transbaikalia for a period of 49 years. Last autumn, Tashkent announced its intention to rent 35 hectares of land for growing food. In case of a positive result, Uzbekistan proposed to increase the size of the leased arable land to 1 million hectares, also for 49 years. At the same time, his interest was not limited to the Far East, on the contrary, the Chelyabinsk, Orenburg and Omsk regions were called, and in total - 23 Russian regions. As for Japan, it is not talking about any lease at all, just wanting to take our Kuril Islands.

The situation is rather alarming. More and more densely populated neighboring countries are actually saying directly that Russia itself is not an effective mistress of its own land. Otherwise, such conversations in such formulations could not exist in principle. Indeed, if there is a growing demand for food in Uzbekistan, China or South Korea, then it would be possible to create joint ventures with the Russian side and arrange food exports to the huge Asian markets, which we discuss in detail reasoned previously. But no, our foreign partners say that they will do everything themselves, as they need, or they will not invest. Call!

Russia's vast and resource-rich Far East and Siberia stand almost empty when compared in population density to China, Japan or South Korea. Despite the adopted federal programs, the depopulation of the region is only growing. We are already told in plain text that they have a future only under the direct "temporary" control of the economically developed countries of Southeast Asia. Yep, temporary. And what is the right way to respond to it?

first. Of course, we should politely send away our eastern partners with their ideas about leasing entire Russian regions. We are not yet the losing side in the war to dictate to us conditions similar to the 99-year lease of Hong Kong by the UK.

Second. There is nothing wrong with the arrival of foreign investment in Russian agriculture as such, the only question is under what conditions this happens. It is impossible to completely let the Chinese or South Koreans manage our land. But if in the format of joint ventures, where the Russian side will have a controlling stake of 51%, with registration and payment of taxes in Russia and with Russians in key positions, then why not? Rural work is very hard, and if Uzbeks or Chinese want to come to work in the fields as seasonal workers, then the flag is in their hands. Only then, please, let them return home, and we will wait for them by the next sowing season.

The third. Both Siberia and the Far East need powerful drivers for economic development. They could be a large-scale and ambitious urban development program, the idea of ​​which was previously voiced by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. New cities and the modernization of existing ones are jobs, orders for the domestic industry for many decades to come, this is an additional tax base, this is an improvement in infrastructure and an increase in the quality of life in the region for people in the end.

Fourth. Under the implementation of the urban development program, Shoigu could be attracted from abroad by millions of Russians who remained there after the collapse of the USSR. New Russians could take part in the re-development of Siberia and the Far East, which will cease to be depressed regions by solving the problem of their depopulation.

Fifth. The Far Eastern hectare program needs to be substantially improved. The very idea of ​​taking off and going somewhere far away for the sake of 1 hectare looks extremely doubtful. It's just that a strong economy cannot be built on a single hectare. This is all very strange. It would be much more reasonable to provide everyone with 1 hectare of agricultural land in the region of residence for the creation of a subsidiary farm. Your large garden can be a good help for ordinary people in difficult times.

As for the development of Siberia and the Far East, it makes sense to give out free land for individual housing construction in the suburbs of the “Shoigu cities”. The authorities will have to bring all the necessary communications, and people will rebuild their own houses according to a standard or individual project. The result may be something like the prosperous "white" American suburbs that we have all seen more than once in films and TV shows.

It is quite possible that for the Russian open spaces the format of a two-story private house with a backyard and a lawn will be preferable to huddling on each other's heads in multi-story "humans".
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  1. Fourth Horseman Offline Fourth Horseman
    Fourth Horseman (Fourth Horseman) 19 January 2022 12: 11
    -3
    Conceptually!
    Nice standup.
  2. Rusa Offline Rusa
    Rusa 19 January 2022 12: 35
    +1
    From a dead donkey, the ears of South Korea, an ally and accomplice of Washington, and not a long-term lease of the Far East of the Russian Federation.
  3. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 19 January 2022 13: 22
    +5
    Is it worth leasing the Russian Far East to South Korea on a long-term basis? Why not just the US? This, as previously attributed to the Annals - "Come and own us?"
    Maybe it's better to start by trying to reduce the tax burden on the Far East? Invest in the processing and freezing of fish products so that the Far East could provide the whole of Russia with fish?
    1. Jacques sekavar Offline Jacques sekavar
      Jacques sekavar (Jacques Sekavar) 19 January 2022 20: 10
      +1
      Pricing in the Russian Federation is socially oriented and regulated by the government, incl. and for seafood.
      That is why natural monopolies receive the lion's share of their income on the external, and not on the domestic market.
      Therefore, it is many times more profitable for shipowners to sell their catch at negotiated prices to Japan, South Korea, China, Norway, anyone, without entering the port directly on the high seas.
      This is the whole problem - how to make sure that both the “wolves” are fed and the “sheep” are safe. Such a magician has not yet been found, they are looking for!
      This is the essence of the Western policy of sanctions, in order to influence the incomes of large capitalists, to persuade them to oppose the policies of the Russian Federation, sponsor “democrats”, cause social unrest and change the policy of the Russian Federation.
    2. Tatyana Offline Tatyana
      Tatyana 19 January 2022 23: 11
      +1
      Quote: Bulanov
      Maybe it's better to start by trying to reduce the tax burden on the Far East? Invest in the processing and freezing of fish products so that the Far East could provide the whole of Russia with fish?

      For this you need:
      1) "curly" - "friedmonit" - market-monetarists from positions in Russia to remove: Nabiulina, Siluanov, Gref, etc. ;
      2) change the Federal Law "On the Central Bank of Russia" in favor of the national interests of Russia, not the United States;
      3) to close the Gaidar VSE in Russia as a blacksmith of young comprador native cadres for the cultivation of the US colonial administration in the Russian Federation.

      And without this, everything in post-Soviet Russia will be the same as before, the reduction of the indigenous population and, ultimately, the loss of national sovereignty!
  4. Obama Barack Offline Obama Barack
    Obama Barack (Obama Barack) 19 January 2022 13: 38
    +1
    What rent? Open joint ventures, invest money and earn like everyone else.
  5. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 19 January 2022 14: 20
    -4
    Empty.
    After all, everyone knows that every Russian has probably already received his "Far Eastern hectare", and now everyone can't wait until Shoigu's millionaires grow up next to him, with industry, medicine, culture, theaters, beaches and tourism facilities.
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  7. baltika3 Offline baltika3
    baltika3 (baltika3) 19 January 2022 15: 04
    -5
    It is not necessary in the East to give anything to anyone without an order. China, when the time comes, will calmly come for its own. The right people will get some money for the fact that everything went smoothly.
    And if now you start distributing to those who are not supposed to, then you can soon see polite narrow-eyed people, or not very polite ones.
    While everything is going according to plan, the troops are gradually being withdrawn.
  8. 123 Offline 123
    123 (123) 19 January 2022 15: 15
    -1
    Do American mongrels know better how to explore Russian open spaces?
    By the way, taking into account the gastronomic preferences of Koreans, the word takes on a slightly different, deeper meaning. Might be worth thinking about the future. Do they not know the fate of pets wagging their tails?
    In general, such reasoning of losers is not new, I remember Lech Walesa dreamily rolling his eyes and reasoned what God would have achieved with the capabilities of Russia.
    In general, they argue enviously, but if we had all this, we would steer. In their divided and occupied country, let the Seoul dreamers put things in order first.
    As an option, let them turn to Comrade Kim, he will tell you where and how it is possible to profitably use the seething energy at the construction sites of communism.
    As for the development of the Far East, you can try to organize settlements of steelworkers. They know exactly what to do. Land in the taiga and not let go until they develop yes
    1. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
      steelmaker 19 January 2022 15: 30
      -3
      you can try to organize settlements of steelworkers. They know exactly what to do

      Here he himself confirmed - mediocrity rules! Is it not enough to improve the Far East without education Steelworkers? Mediocrity can only steal and sell, they lack education to build.
      1. 123 Offline 123
        123 (123) 19 January 2022 16: 03
        -1
        "you can try to organize settlements of steelworkers. They know exactly how to do it"
        Here he himself confirmed - mediocrity rules! Is it not enough to improve the Far East without education Steelworkers? Mediocrity can only steal and sell, they lack education to build.

        I look forward to confirmation in practice of many years of boasting accompanied by patting the chest with the left heel yes
    2. ocean969 Offline ocean969
      ocean969 (Leonid) 21 January 2022 10: 53
      0
      I mentally applaud you, they notably "attached" this Bandera "plug" to each article (apparently he is working out a denyuzhka).
  9. Jacques sekavar Offline Jacques sekavar
    Jacques sekavar (Jacques Sekavar) 19 January 2022 15: 28
    +3
    what does such an increased interest of overpopulated Asian countries in our sparsely populated lands indicate?

    Only about the desire to seize foreign territory under the guise of a long-term "lease" and "development" of the Trans-Ural regions of the Russian Federation.
    For their development, one must seek one's own opportunities, and not give them to the use of other people's uncles.
    In reality, there is a national project for "stitching" the regions, state subsidies, concessional lending, full tax exemption, VAT in the first place, as in China.
    The encroachments of foreign state formations, under the guise of joint and other forms of development of the trans-Ural territories of the Russian Federation, to put up a migration and economic barrier in the form of prohibitive customs and tax measures.
    Chukotka annually ships 20 tons of gold to the bins of the Central Bank, and you can see the conditions under which the population lives in the reports of Evgeny Vladimirovich Basov. If they left at least 10% of the loot for the development of Chukotka itself, it would be a prosperous land and so on in all the trans-Ural regions - Yakutia, Evenkia and others, sitting on federal subsidies and completely dependent on such as the owners of the Listvyaznaya mine.
  10. Alexey Davydov Offline Alexey Davydov
    Alexey Davydov (Alexey) 19 January 2022 20: 54
    0
    These conversations, of course, began now for a reason. The imminent war in the west of Russia implies the diversion of its significant forces, and our eastern "friends" have thoughts of taking advantage of this.
    We need to be soberly aware that both with the West and with the East we have only one "unbeatable" argument - our nuclear weapons. You need to calmly accept this for yourself, along with "non-conventionality."
    Having accepted, it is necessary to introduce unambiguity and certainty in this for world players, also calmly creating a real nuclear threat in both directions, which should calm the appetites
  11. Moray Boreas Offline Moray Boreas
    Moray Boreas (Morey Borey) 22 January 2022 01: 33
    0
    In the 90s, we already went through this. The Amurstal metallurgical plant was then handed over to the South Koreans and they renamed this plant into “Stal Ha”, looted and stopped production. Thousands of workers remained on the street. After that, it cost a lot of work and money to save the plant. Remember: we live in a competitive world! And it is not profitable for anyone to develop a competitor! South Korea is an absolute vassal of the USA! The US plans to destroy the geopolitical enemy RUSSIA! To remain alone on the planet and command all other small peoples how to live, what and how much to have