The real reason why Putin annexed Crimea?

One of five new boundary markers along the border between China and Russia in Northeast China's Jilin province. [Image: Weibo]

One of five new boundary markers along the border between China and Russia in Northeast China's Jilin province. [Image: Weibo] 

2015/11/06 • Analysis & Opinion, Crimea, Russia

Chinese media are celebrating what has passed “almost unnoticed” in Russia: Moscow’s handing over of some 4.7 square kilometers of what had been Russian land to China, with Beijing viewing this as the first step toward the return of larger portions of the Russian Far East to Chinese control, according to Newsru.com agency.

The outlet cited a story in yesterday’s “China Daily” which reported the return of the land, noting that it is but a small part of the 1,500,000 square kilometers “the declining Qing Dynasty gave up” to the Russians between 1858 and 1915” in a series of “’unequal treaties.’”

Another Chinese publication, “Global Times,” acknowledged that Russians are unhappy to be handing over any parcel of land but suggested that now that Beijing and Moscow are cooperating, it is easier for the Russian authorities to recognize Chinese territorial claims.

The handover of this small parcel to China is the result of the October 2004 agreement between Vladimir Putin and Hu Tsingtao; but as Newsru.com reported, “residents of China do not consider the issue closed.” It noted that the BBC’s Russian Service had recently done a story on Chinese aspirations.

According to the BBC, some Chinese bloggers have suggested that Russia must “return Vladivostok, Blagoveshchensk, and Tanu-Uryankhai [Tyva] to China, and one has offered an intriguing explanation for what is going on far from the Chinese border in Ukraine as a result of the transfer of even a small portion of land from Russia to China.

‘I finally know why Russia annexed Crimea,” one Chinese blogger wrote. “Putin doesn’t want that Russia will become smaller during his administration.” By annexing Crimea, the Kremlin leader can ensure that doesn’t happen.

Edited by: A. N.

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  • Dagwood Bumstead

    The REAL reason has nothing to do with China. Proffessor Viktor had signed contracts with Exxon and Shell to explore the waters around the Crimea for oil and gas deposits. These could potentially have made the Ukraine independent of oil and gas imports, which would mean that the demented dwarf would lose the hold he has over the Ukraine due to its dependence on Dwarfstan’s oil and gas. He could under no circumstances permit this, hence his illegal invasion and annexation of the peninsula, securing control over those waters..
    Giving up 4.7 sqare kms is a pittance, but I doubt whether the dwarf will give up much more- certainly NOT Vladivostok, Khabarovsk etc. If he loses Vladivostok to Peking he will have no base for the Far East Fleet. Furthermore, there would be little to stop Japan taking back the Kuriles and Sakhalin.

  • Львів’янин (Leopolitan)

    “…some Chinese bloggers have suggested that Russia must ‘return Vladivostok, Blagoveshchensk, and Tanu-Uryankhai [Tyva] to China’…”

    Maybe, just maybe, the wishes of the Tuvan people, who are neither Russians nor Chinese, should be considered. Russia and China are equally disgusting, equally evil. Erasing indigenous cultures, settling their land with “Russians” (read “Muscovites”) and “Chinese” (read “Han”), and falsifying history to validate themselves.

  • Niall Fraser Love

    Looks like baldy bane has opened a floodgate. Because there are tonnes of Chinamen in Russia, and the Russians have invaded Ukraine claiming that because Russians live there and because it once part of Russia they are taking back what is theirs. But they don’t realise that the Chinese can pull the exact same stunt on them. Hoist by their own petard. Especailly with the growth of Russian nationalism.
    If the Chinese take part of Russia by force we all know who’s side the West and rest will take. Other than Iran I can think of no country that would support the Russians and despite what the mullahs think Iran has no influence outside of the middle east and Dari speaking countries.

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      Peking will do exactly that. It abstained from voting on Dwarfstan’s illegal invasion and annexation of the Crimea for one reason: it wants to have its hands free to retake the former Chinese territories in the Dwarfstan Far East. The more Dwarfstan is weakened by losses in the Donbas and Syria, the better for Peking; it wants a weak Dwarfstan- which wouldn’t stand a chance against Peking’s army anyway.