China's Northeast, which borders Russia, is depopulating. But somehow there are still prophecies in Western media/think-tankery about China demographically overtaking the Russian Far East.
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Wishful thinking in the NATzO media and analysis space is really something to behold. We have the example of Canada. The Canadian population is
essentially spread along the US border. Canadians are not eager to migrate north and that is for obvious reasons: long winters and bug infested summers.
Well, Siberia is exactly like most of the Canadian north. Boreal forest and taiga.
The reason that Siberia is not populated by local ethnic countries is that there is not much arable land and a very short growing season. If Siberia
was like Europe, it would have had a totally different historical trajectory since it would have been able to support large indigenous populations with
the leisure to develop. Under harsh conditions, humans are too busy surviving to engage in economic development. You can see this pattern in
the formation of civilizations at low latitudes both in the old and new worlds. Arctic peoples were not building pyramids, but tropical and subtropical
peoples had excess of food production and could afford to engage in fancy human activities such as civilization building.
The Russian presence in southern
Siberia is partly the result of better growing conditions there and the fact that Russia is an inland empire
with the European south having the right sort of conditions for extensive agriculture that gave rise to its historic development. The USSR was also
a big factor in the growth of cities like Novosibirsk which are not typical since such development never happened in Canada.