By Paul Goble
Russians who’ve moved to China to live and work for extended periods say that should they return to Russia, they would prefer to work for Chinese firms rather than Russian ones or to teach Chinese language courses to other Russians, according to Beijing’s People’s Daily newspaper.
A major reason, the paper continues, is that pay in Chinese firms is higher than in Russian ones, especially in Siberia and the Russian Far East from which many Russian expats in China come; and thus they give a Russian face to what are Chinese firms (russian.people.com.cn/n3/2017/0821/c31516-9258125.html).
There are an estimated 40,000 Russian citizens now working in China; and many of those are ethnic Russian women who have married Chinese men. Among them, few are said to want to return to Russia even though visa and other conditions have become more difficult in recent years (windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2016/08/despite-problems-most-russians-now.html).
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