Russky Island was given a facelift as Vladivostok's main venue for the APEC summit (photo:dpa)

Russia aims to revitalise its Far East territory

Russia plans to breathe new life into its decaying and fast-dying Far East. The announcement of a US$321billion development programme demonstrates Moscow’s desire to present itself as an economically robust country while challenging China’s growing might and keeping Beijing from encroaching on what could potentially be an enormously lucrative region. But success relies on a balancing act. Russia needs economic support from China, but is fearful of being reduced to a raw materials appendix to the fast-growing Chinese economy. And Beijing is less than interested in promoting development of the Russian Far East.

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
The crucial question is will Moscow succeed in revitalising its long-neglected Far Eastern region, and whether this can be achieved in an acceptable form of partnership with Beijing
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