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China ‘Welcomes Russia’s Transfer Of Border Parcel And Awaits Return Of Sakhalin, Vladivostok And Tuva’ – OpEd

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Chinese media are celebrating what has passed “almost unnoticed” in Russia: Moscow’s handing over of some 4.7 square kilometers of what had been Russian land to China, with Beijing viewing this as the first step toward the return of larger portions of the Russian Far East to Chinese control, according to Newsru agency.

The outlet cited a story in yesterday’s “China Daily” which reported the return of the land, noting that it is but a small part of the 1,500,000 square kilometers “the declining Qing Dynasty gave up” to the Russians between 1858 and 1915” in a series of “’unequal treaties’” (newsru.com/world/06nov2015/chland.html?nr and chinadaily.com.cn/world/2015-11/05/content_22380291.htm).

Another Chinese publication, “Global Times,” acknowledged that Russians are unhappy to be handing over any parcel of land but suggested that now that Beijing and Moscow are cooperating, it is easier for the Russian authorities to recognize Chinese territorial claims (globaltimes.cn/content/951156.shtml).

The handover of this small parcel to China is the result of the October 2004 agreement between Vladimir Putin and Hu Tsingtao; but as Newsru.com reported, “residents of China do not consider the issue closed.” It noted that the BBC’s Russian Service had recently done a story on Chinese aspirations (bbc.com/russian/international/2015/11/151105_china_russia_land).

According to the BBC, some Chinese bloggers have suggested that Russia must “return Vladivostok, Blagoveshchenks, and Tanu-Uryankhai [Tyva] to China, and one has offered an intriguing explanation for what is going on far from the Chinese border in Ukraine as a result of the transfer of even a small portion of land from Russia to China.

‘I finally know why Russia annexed Crimea,” one Chinese blogger wrote. “Putin doesn’t want that Russia will become smaller during his administration.” By annexing Crimea, the Kremlin leader can ensure that doesn’t happen.

Paul Goble

Paul Goble

Paul Goble is a longtime specialist on ethnic and religious questions in Eurasia. Most recently, he was director of research and publications at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy. Earlier, he served as vice dean for the social sciences and humanities at Audentes University in Tallinn and a senior research associate at the EuroCollege of the University of Tartu in Estonia. He has served in various capacities in the U.S. State Department, the Central Intelligence Agency and the International Broadcasting Bureau as well as at the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Mr. Goble maintains the Window on Eurasia blog and can be contacted directly at [email protected] .

2 thoughts on “China ‘Welcomes Russia’s Transfer Of Border Parcel And Awaits Return Of Sakhalin, Vladivostok And Tuva’ – OpEd

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    November 7, 2015 at 4:57 am
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    Finland can regain Karelia, Germany can regain Koenigsberg, Belarus can remove back to the East, Russia can leave Occupied Ukraine, Occupied Moldova, Occupied Georgia, and return sovereignty to the many subjugated Caucasian peoples as well as the European Mongol Kalmyks to their North, at the same time de-colonising the Same and other finno-ugric northern nations – Komi, Perm, Khanty, Mansy, Udmurt, Mordvin and Mari-El, together with the Turkic nations of Tatarstan, Bashkortostan and Yakutia, also the Mongol nations of Altai, Khakassia along with Buryatia and Chukhotka – not to forget the Kuril Islands, formerly Japanese. Most of these ethnic entities have had their borders reduced to the advantage of Russians, who have also heavily colonised them and grabbed control of natural resources and political administration. In between the listed areas lie the territories of dozens of aboriginal peoples never granted even theoretical sovereignty since their conquest and subjugation. All the named areas and peoples have suffered repression and loss of identity – language and religion, as well as self-determination.

    RUSSIANS OUT!!!

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    November 7, 2015 at 11:12 am
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    How dumb someone must be to really believe in this fakery. Russia did not give any land to China. Chinese bloggers not the Chinese authorities to demand anything from Russia. Those who spread this are trying to sow hostility between the nations.

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