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Putin presents Xi with birthday ice cream

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By Alexei Druzhinin

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Quite the budding bromance.

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Russia and China are having good relationships while Trump is deep in troubled waters with both. Speaks volumes.

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The future looks bright for Putin and Xi's respective empires, especially if their ongoing expansions - China's Belt and Road plus numerous developments in areas along the Pacific and Indian Ocean corridor, Russia's Eurasian Economic Union, Syria, etc. backed by its huge reserves of fossil fuels - continue unchecked.

And maybe even more important for both is having the fading US empire led by a bumbling oaf supported by fellow corrupt politicians, many of whom like Trump with 'investments' in both Russia and China. Looking at you Mitch McConnell. Lindsey Graham. And so many others.

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LOL! Somebody is at the WH pouting because he wasn't invited.

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The ice cream is a message of productivity and economic growth for the RBI/OBOR. Fresh ice cream delivered in the heart of an area with a budding need for infrastructure.

Much better of a gift than the region coded DVDs Obama got from the British PM. Or was it the other way around?

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Even Russians in Siberia are complaining about the projects importing hordes of Chinese workers, instead of hiring local Russians to do the work

There's not much work --especially good work-- for Russians in rural parts of Siberia. The Chinese companies just want to employ Chinese - even building them lodgings segregated from the local population, so they don't have to deal with the locals at all.

"Siberia: Anti-Chinese protests"

https://www.dw.com/en/siberia-anti-chinese-protests/av-48110739

"Chinese Behavior in Siberia Sparks Local Anger Against Beijing — and Moscow"

https://jamestown.org/program/chinese-behavior-in-siberia-sparks-local-anger-against-beijing-and-moscow/

Siberians and Russians from the Far East are angry about many Chinese actions; but increasingly, they blame Moscow for allowing this to happen. Indeed, the central Russian government has often signed contracts with Chinese firms without so much as a consultation with local officials and even sweetened the deal for China by providing subsidies collected in taxes from Russian citizens and firms (see EDM, March 29, 2018). They blame Moscow for allowing almost unrestricted Chinese immigration; those incoming workers are then employed in Chinese factories operating on Russian soil, thus eliminating any possibility that local Russians could obtain these jobs.

The expansion of Chinese lumber companies into Siberia and the Russian Far East continues. Recently, for example, officials in Tomsk Oblast announced that they were renting some two million additional hectares of land to Chinese firms, allowing them to clear cut the land and to pay the few Russians they do employ far less than they pay the Chinese workers they have brought in to do much of the work (Novo-tomsk.ru, March 8).

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Unfortunately, Japan lost, perhaps for ever, in Chinese market. In 10 years, Chinese market will double its size, and Russia will surpass Japan economically. Don't blame Japanese people, blame stupid govt and its policy.

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Mrn,

The Chinese will eat you for diner when they feel the moment has come.

Go find yourself another friend before it's too late.

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Oh how sweet. Maybe some sprinkles on top too?

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China Russia is close to engage an alliance style military relationship! Or better known as "Special Relationship"! When Russian troops to be fighting alongside with Chinese troops in south China sea,Taiwan Strait..And Chinese troops fighting alongside with Russian troops in Baltic,Ukraine  frontline!  First make sure the energy in middle Asia shall never fallen in western hands!

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Chinese Behavior in Siberia Sparks Local Anger Against Beijing — and Moscow

Was that relevant to the ir political connections?

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Happy birthday!

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Chinese Behavior in Siberia Sparks Local Anger Against Beijing — and Moscow

Was that relevant to the ir political connections?

Only if faraway Moscow officials keep turning a deaf ear to the locals regarding the Chinese taking advantage of the situation

"Indeed, the central Russian government has often signed contracts with Chinese firms without so much as a consultation with local officials and even sweetened the deal for China by providing subsidies collected in taxes from Russian citizens and firms (see EDM, March 29, 2018). They blame Moscow for allowing almost unrestricted Chinese immigration; those incoming workers are then employed in Chinese factories operating on Russian soil, thus eliminating any possibility that local Russians could obtain these jobs."

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There's more than 2 scoops there!

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