The former AUSTRIAN-HUNGARIAN Holy Roman empire STATES are now mostly BUFFER CUNTRIES.
and among the MOST IMPROVERISHED in the globe today.
Ukraine is VERY STRATEGIC - BECAUSE it's a GRAIN PRODUCING centre, as well as RUSSIAN'S access to the MEDITERRANNEAN via the BLACK SEA.
The RUSSIAN has put an OFFER on the table - CURRENT SOLUTION - SPLIT UKRAINE into 2 parts// so Germany-Austria keeps WHEAT GROWING access in Hungary-West Ukraine WHILE the RUSSIAN FEDERATION retain access & buffer to the EU BLOC.
(1) Ruble zone
(2) Dollar, Rmb <Russia willing to use it/Big resources advantage>, Bpd, Euro banking access
(3) Handling old rivalry between EU and Russia.
(4) Russia-Arab relationship - Ocean access via Bosphorus
(5) Forest, Petroleum, Grain, Meat, Dairy, Iron ore, Coal, BRIBES.
(6) Developing COMMERCIAL sector to REBIND + BRIBE it's old hinterland......
China needs not take sides between Kiev and Crimea, but it would be logical for China to support a division of Ukraine, for its own good, or else it would have to suffer a civil war that will leave millions dead. China cannot say it, but everyone understands that Kiev wants it its way and only its way, so that there is no real room for compromise. Taken to its final conclusion, the Kiev demand equates to civil war and the deaths of a million or more civilians. Undebated, and unnoticed, the new PM of Western Ukraine, Yatsenyuk, had promised to promulgate harsh austerity measures on Ukraine, and the means to achieve this may be staring the Ukrainian people in the eye, BY MEANS OF A CIVIL WAR?
iN THE INTEREST OF NOT ALLOWING A CIVIL WAR TO OCCUR, CHINA CAN PROPOSE THAT BOTH SIDES SIT DOWN TO NEGOTIATE A PEACEFUL SEPARATION OF WESTERN AND EASTERN UKRAINE.