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Medvedev Worried About Far East

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry MedvedevRussian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has expressed concern over immigration to the remote Far East from China, saying the region risked falling into foreign hands.

He said "the Far East really is far away. Not too many people live there, unfortunately."

Medvedev also said it was important not to allow "the formation of enclaves made up of foreign citizens."

Local officials and media reports often say the region faces a looming threat from a Chinese population that outnumbers Russians along the Far East border by more than 10 to one.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP
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by: William from: Aragon
August 10, 2012 00:31
Nothing has changed here since the Issuri River border dispute in 1969. Mendelev has said "the Far East really is far away". No it isn't Dmitry, not in the 21st Century it isn't - the East begins at the Ural Mountains which is not that far away from Moscow by passenger jet.

The issue is not one of ethnic Russian settlers versus ethnic Chinese settlers, it is one of how does Moscow (or Beijing for that matter) earn the loyalty of the all the peoples of Siberia, including new immigrants. The Russian bear and the Chinese dragon both fear the rise of the Siberian Tiger.

Siberians, rise!
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by: Bib Ben from: LA
August 15, 2012 16:29
Moscow's difficulty with the RFE region goes back at least a century. The fundamental reason really comes down to Treaty of Aigun and the Treaty of Peking during the mid to late 19th century. Russia is inherently a European country. It is Europe that drives its population, culture and economic activities. The RFE seems like an artificial part of Russia - really no man’s land. With Russia’s weakening demographic profile, there is virtually no chance it can develop the far east in any meaningful way. Logically, Russia should sell the region back to China or to Japan, Korea, the US or whoever the highest bidder. Say for about $2 trillion cash, that would be equal to about 20x the current annual value of RFE's GDP based on IMF figure. Assuming RFE can sustain an annual GDP growth rate of 8% for 20 years and 5% thereafter (a highly unlikely assumption as this would more than double the national average), that would still take almost 50 years for the GDP of RFE to reach the $2 trillion mark. Russia took control of the RFE around the late 19th century, such a price tag would equate to one hack of a return. Most of all, by getting rid of an incurable cancer, this would allow its resources to focus on dominating its natural periphery areas such as the Caucasus and CEE.

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