A Real Fifth Column? Russians Who’ve Lived in China Prefer To Work For Chinese Firms On Returning Home – OpEd


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).

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] .

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