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China & Russia to US: Butt Out!
#21
For sure sooner or later China will try ... if will be able. They already tried in 1969 when border between USSR and China was not fixed in some areas. That's why Putin yielded some moot territories on Amur islands but today Russia and China have fixed border.
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#22
The real solution for Russia to retain its Far East would be to re-populate it. Nature abhors emptiness and by comparison with 100Mil Chinese in Hun-an province alone, the Russian Far East up to Baikal to the West is empty (demographically wise). I do not want to speculate at the moment how it might be done (although it might be interesting), but when the nature will decide to fill it, it will find the way. Please remember that the original Russian colonization occurred along the same lines: Yermak's (sp) and other bands met no locals to speak of. And I've read somewhere (National geographic???) there are a lot of Chinese in Khabarovsk(sp) already.

But ... even comrades couldn't pull it off.
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#23
ag Wrote:The real solution for Russia to retain its Far East would be to re-populate it..

It was done by Stolypin 100 years ago.
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#24
I am not familiar with this. Can you elaborate?
Thanks.
Anyway, right now it is comparatively de-populated, e.g. there is huge jump in pop. density across the border.
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#25
ag Wrote:I am not familiar with this. Can you elaborate?
Thanks.
Anyway, right now it is comparatively de-populated, e.g. there is huge jump in pop. density across the border.

Yup, now it's comparatively de-populated, but at the beginning of 20 century it was unpopulated. Stolypin stimulated migration from overpopulated Ukraine and Russia to Far East. Most of towns on Far East have the same names as towns in Ukraine: Chernigivka, Poltavka etc.
If you read russian, try students masterpiece:
http://www.erudition.ru/referat/printref...629_1.html
And in english:
http://www.rusnet.nl/encyclo/s/print/siberia_3.shtml
The problem of today's Far East is economic stagnation in region.
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#26
It seems obvious right now to me that our policy of "power to the people" is definitely going to cost us big time in Central Asia. We're outta those bases in a shorty.

Can we afford this? Yes and long term we'll benefit,we could not do this during the cold war era.
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