Today, about 34 million out of 144 million Russians live in Siberia, but Russia’s economy is disproportionately dependent on Siberian resources.
If Russia falls into a heap, China will gradually take over Siberia and whatever other regions want to build railways, highways or pipelines to Europe and Western prosperity.
Intergenerational trauma is the transmission through families of the terrible effects of historical events, such as conquest, slavery, serfdom, exploitation, incarceration, holocaust or war.
Given Xi’s economic mismanagement, combined with his loyalty to Putin,China’s future looks not only dim but potentially disastrous.
Russia’s costly war with NATO over Ukraine will impede its Arctic ambitions as capital, expertise and technology disappear as a result of Western sanctions.
If Russia were a business, it would be headed for bankruptcy.