Are Russians afraid of China's rise?
Dmitry Petrov, Retired (2017-present)
Updated Oct 29
In the late Mao’s time Russians regarded China as a dangerous country. Many people also had the idea that the Cultural Revolution, which began soon after we had the “Khrushev’s thaw” here, was politics similar to that of Stalin; so we felt compassion towards the sufferings of Chinese people.
In the 90-ies there were rumours that many Chinese were moving to settle in Siberia aiming to form a majority there in order eventually to grab it. Now it is clear that there was no evidence for those rumours.
As for the current situation, objectively the entire world, not Russia only, needs to have a reliable member of the club of leading powers. The world is becoming unstable because of a). demographic transformation, b). proliferation issues, c). current wars in the Middle East, provoked mainly by American interventions, d). rising threat of terrorism including the proxy wars. Western powers have lost credibility. Only China can be considered the nation capable to restore the order.
Modern China did all to demonstrate its responsibility. It has also shown respect to Russian interests.
Of course, if China becomes the only superpower, some future Chinese leader may be tempted to harass weaker countries. But these risks seem to be very distant ones and there have not been historical precedents. Russia can play a role similar to that of Great Britain: as the latter, being the former metropolis of the American former colonies is now a privileged partner of the US, so Russia, having been in the past the communist country which helped China to get rid of Japanese oppression and Western predominance, can become a privileged partner of the new leader.
Russians are generally hopeful about the world’s future in the coming period when China will be No.1.
P.S. In 2003 1224 Russian students studied in Chinese universities. In 2015 - already 16197! Hopefully in 2027 this number will rise if not to 200000, then to 50000 at least.
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Dima Vorobiev, I worked for Soviet propaganda
Answered Dec 7
Putin tells us that China’s rise is no reason to be afraid of them, because they are our friends. We believe President Putin.
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