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JSPES, Vol. 33, No. 2 (Summer 2008)
pp. 145-204

The Chinese Challenge to Russia in Siberia and the Russian Far East

Ernest Raiklin

Formerly of the Herzen State Pedagogical University, St. Petersburg, Russia

The Soviet Union was broken up by internal forces. Today, Russia faces a potential threat to the long-term integrity of a vast proportion of its territory. That challenge is from China, and relates to all of Russia east of the Ural Mountains, i.e., Siberia and the Russian Far East. The author here examines the territorial, demographic, socioeconomic, cultural and other factors that set the context for this threat; and discusses possible scenarios for the eventual outcome.