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Moscow believes there is a danger in the east: over the past 20 years, hundreds of thousands of Chinese have streamed from the densely populated northern provinces of China into neighboring, deserted Siberia. At Amur and Ussuri there is a lot of going back and forth.

From: Christine Hamel

Status: 10.01.2013 | archive

For decades the Russian eastern border was sealed off just like the western border; Maoists and Soviets clashed in Siberia, deeply divided in ideological conflicts of direction. Russia and China share 3645 kilometers of borders - it is one of the longest in the world. One of the most important power games of the coming decades is likely to take place here.

"They will cross the line in small groups of five million"

predicted some time ago Russia's NATO ambassador Dmitry Rogozin

"Are the Chinese still guests or already hosts?"

Izvestia, Russian daily newspaper

Will Russia and China join forces in an economic and political alliance from which all American claims to hegemony ricochet? Or does Russia take on the role of a last European bulwark against an authoritarian Asian great power? Will there be a newcomer China and a relegated Russia in future? Or will Siberia just become Chinese?

The Amur or Heilong Jiang flows through China and Russia and flows into the Pacific. It separates the cities of Heihe and Blogoveschensk here.

Not only is there brisk trade on the Amur, more and more mixed couples are also forming. Success-oriented Russians learn Mandarin because China sets the tone in the border region. The Russian mistrust is correspondingly high. Hypermodern cities are emerging at a dizzying pace in China's northeastern provinces, underpinned by the wealth of Siberia. Two authoritarian empires collide in the Russian Far East, a top meeting that is worth taking a closer look at.
Christine Hamel traveled to Russia's Far East as part of a cross-border commuter grant from the Robert Bosch Foundation.

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