Vain fears: there are less and less Chinese in the Far East


Two decades in Russia have been wary of the Chinese demographic “invasion” of the Far East, i.e. not “on tanks”, but with “suitcases”. But these experiences are in vain, as there are fewer Chinese in Russia, writes the American publication The Diplomat, which highlights trends in the Asia-Pacific region.


The Far East is the least populated territory of vast Russia. In the border regions of Russia, the presence of Chinese businessmen and tourists is really felt. This is not surprising, because in the northeastern provinces of China, 20 times more people live. At the same time, the “Chinese threat” was helped to consolidate in the minds of the Russians the local media and the constant lamentations of Chinese nationalists about the Aigun (1858) and Beijing (1860) treaties concluded by the Russian Empire and the Manchu Empire of Qing. As a result, the border between the countries passed along the Amur and Ussuri rivers.

In the 90s of the twentieth century, more than 200 thousand Chinese moved to the Russian Far East. They flooded the markets of Vladivostok, Khabarovsk and other cities. However, now the Chinese presence in this region of Russia has significantly decreased and does not exceed 70 thousand people. This is due to several factors.

Firstly, the Russian authorities have significantly strengthened the regulation of trade and migration. Secondly, as the Chinese themselves complain, their incomes have declined and entrepreneurial activity has become less profitable. Profit traders fell, many businessmen closed their offices and returned to China.

So the number of the Chinese community living in the Russian Far East is significantly different from that of the Russian media, deliberately putting pressure on the psyche of compatriots. The press also helps domestic businessmen squeeze out the Chinese, with whom it is difficult to compete.

The general trend indicates that the Chinese presence in the Russian Far East will continue to decline, and faith in the Chinese demographic “invasion” has nothing to do with reality, the publication emphasizes.
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  1. gorenina91 Offline
    gorenina91 (Irina) 2 July 2020 12: 25
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    The general trend indicates that the presence of the Chinese in the Russian Far East will continue to decline. So faith in the Chinese demographic “invasion” has nothing to do with reality.

    -Ha, and maybe vice versa ... - before the attack ... the population of the country that is about to attack ... leaves the territory of that state, which will soon be attacked ...
    1. Bulanov Offline
      Bulanov (Vladimir) 2 July 2020 13: 22
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      Why attack a country that is a reliable rear and sells everything to China for cheap? The Chinese will be smarter than the Americans who put pressure on Russia and hope that Russia will be their ally in the confrontation with China.
      Maybe China will later think about the capture of part of Russia, but not before it knocks down the States. And the States have already planned to turn Russia into nuclear ashes in the last century. And now the Americans are not offering anything to Russia, except for their military bases and bio-laboratories along the perimeter of Russian borders.
  2. steelmaker Offline
    steelmaker 2 July 2020 13: 48
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    This news is "from the evil one." Business, if not all, then most, with Chinese capital. If the tourism guides in St. Petersburg and Moscow are Chinese. And about the Far East in general, they try not to spread. This is a very sore subject. The authorities are silent, but there are plenty of videos in YouTube, about the business in Chinese!
  3. We’ll settle a tea on Alexandra’s Land - sow strawberries!