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More than Taiwan, does China plan to seize the Russian Far East?

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Beijing: Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping has given himself a third five-year term. Amid all this, reports suggest that China’s territorial ambitions could eclipse Taiwan and focus instead on the north, in Russia’s Far East, where hundreds of thousands of Russian citizens of Chinese descent live.

Take control of Taiwan more difficult

According to a report by Forbes, Taiwan, China’s obvious target, is harder to crack. Autonomous since 1949, China treats Taiwan as a rebel province, while Taiwan considers itself independent. According to the report, “President Xi expected reunification to occur no later than 2049, using this target date to spur massive military reforms and rapid modernization.”

Why might China consider taking over part of Russia?

The report says that while Russian forces are busy in their conflict with Ukraine, the best strategic thing for China is to press along the 2,615-mile China-Russia border and seize it. of the territory.

China’s View of the Russo-Ukrainian War

However, contrary to the report, NPR News says China has refused to criticize Russia’s war in Ukraine, with Xi Jinping seeking assurances from Vladimir Putin that Russia’s war will not further destabilize regional security and economic development.

Nikkei Asiaspecifies however that China seeks to distance itself from Moscow.

China-Russia history

For the uninitiated, China and Russia have been bickering and fighting over their common border for centuries. The Forbes The report says that amid rising tensions, China may very well demand that Russia return Vladivostok along with some 23,000 square miles of former Chinese territory that Russia has held since 1860.

Current state

“With Russia’s military reputation in tatters and the Russian military reduced to begging for supplies from Iran and a ragtag group of former Soviet states, there is little left in the conventional Russian arsenal. to deter Chinese military aggression,” said Forbes.

Will Russian-Chinese relations continue?

Russia and China could remain allies, however, as they share the common goal of encroaching on the US sphere of influence. Moreover, if Russia collapses after losing the war with Ukraine, China would have to face the West alone, reports Nikkei Asia.

With contributions from agencies

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