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Russia and China have strong diplomatic and trade relations, often supporting each other in the UN, yet there is a source of tension between the two nations which has been growing and looks as though it may be about to peak; the matter of Chinese influence in Russia’s Far East.
Just days after Russia announced that it was sending two new nuclear submarines to join its Pacific Fleet, the Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has released a warning to China regarding its influence in the region. He stated that it is “important not to allow negative manifestations, including the formation of enclaves made up of foreign citizens,” and that Russian must defend its lands against “excessive expansion by bordering states.”
These strong comments confirm suspicions that the Kremlin fears that the steady influx of Chinese migrants to into the sparsely populated region of Siberia and the Far East could prove a threat to Russia’s control in the area.
The Russian government now includes a Ministry of the Far East who run certain programs that are designed to reinforce the Russian speaking population, and has already relocated 400 families from other parts of the former Soviet Union.
Putin wants minorities to live under the umbrella of Russian culture, speak the Russian language, learn the Russian history, and read Russian literature.
By. Joao Peixe of Oilprice.com
Joao is a writer for Oilprice.com