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The rise of Asia - this is seriously and for a long time
KaraganovMember of the Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy of the Russian Federation, political scientist, dean of the Faculty of World Economy and World Politics of the Higher School of Economics
- The most fertile ground for fears is ignorance. In the past few years, we have finally realized that the rise of Asia is serious and lasting. Fears also increased that without a coherent development strategy, the country's eastern regions could fall under the dominance of China, which rushed forward. The fact is that an inadequate understanding of the Chinese demographic threat to the eastern regions of the country has strengthened in the public consciousness and still dominates. Although the Chinese are now in the East of Russia much less than there were in the Russian Empire (or the Germans in today's Russia). Another question is that it is necessary, if possible, to prevent the creation of large compact settlements of the Chinese in Russian territories, but a different logic works here, and not the fear of expansion and annexation.
One way or another, the main thing now is to form in Russia a philosophy and a strategy of turning to a new Asia through the development of Siberia and the Far East. In order to take advantage of the opportunities of international cooperation with the APR countries, to seek there not only because of military-political or defensive, but also because of economic interests. Unfortunately, so far only the outlines of the strategy and philosophy of development of the Far Eastern region have appeared. What can we talk about if there is not even a geographical definition for it! Speech is only about the Far East, sometimes in conjunction with the Baikal region. Meanwhile, the macroregion, which would be oriented to the new Asian growth and indeed, as a locomotive, could pull the whole of Russia along with it, should also include Siberia, connected with the Far East historically and infrastructurally. Siberia is able to provide eastern territories with high-quality human capital. It has a huge production potential, and the task is primarily to overcome the main curse - the world's strongest continentality, because of which the region has been divorced from world markets.
Read more in an exclusive interview: http://www.eastrussia.ru/region/1/2201/