The influx of Chinese farm labor in Russia reflects the growing trade and economic ties between the two countries, one rich in land and resources, the other in people.This seems like a story that is going to have long legs, since the movement of people with different cultural backgrounds invariably leads to problems of adaptation and adjustment on both sides.
For years after the breakup of the Soviet Union, both countries have struggled to convert these complementary strengths into real business opportunities. A few mining ventures are succeeding. And state companies have struck big oil, coal and timber deals that form the backbone of the economic relationship.
Although China’s ventures into Russian agriculture have been on a smaller scale, they could end up being just as important — not least because they raise tensions about the role of immigrants similar to those seen in the United States over migrant Mexican farm laborers.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Chinese Migrants Heading West to Russia
Russia has lots of land, but is losing people. China has lots of people, and many of them need work. There is thus a classic demographic fit between the two countries, as reported by the New York Times.