The Russian media disclosed this week that the authorities in the Zabaykalsky Krai in Siberia, which shares extensive borders with China (1000 kms), has signed an agreement with a Chinese company Huae Sinban to lease 1115000 hectares of Russian farmland to China for a 49-year period to develop agriculture.


China is, therefore, seen as an example and a source of modernization for Russia's Far East and a key factor necessary for the Far East to bloom again and for Russia to join the regional (Asian) economic integration. The core of this strategy will be the harmonious development of the two countries' border regions.

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