Staunton, August 15 – Vladimir Putin’s “turn to Asia” is taking on an unexpected and for some in his country an unwelcome aspect: Ever more Russian women are marrying Chinese men, the result of the very different gender imbalances in the two countries, according to a Hong Kong newspaper.
Because of the super-high mortality rates among Russian men, there are more Russian women in the prime marriage age cohort than Russian men; and because of Beijing’s one child policy, there are more Chinese men than Chinese women in the same age range. Thus, one might predict that the two would come together.
But for ethnic and even racial reasons, this is a trend that few Russian sources want to discuss and even fewer Russians want to acknowledge, given what it may mean for the future of the much smaller Russian ethnos and for Russian control of territories east of the Urals Mountains.
Perhaps not surprisingly, Chinese sites report on this subject far more than do Russian ones. One, in January 2015, gave no overall figures but said Chinese-Russian intermarriage is “much greater than anyone could have supposed” (russian.china.org.cn/exclusive/txt/2015-01/05/content_34476900.htm).
That report added that “according to data for 2004 through 2012, the number of Chinese men who married Russian women is almost twice as large as the number of Chinese women who chose to marry Russian men.” (See “Three Troubling but Illuminating Statistics from Eurasia” at windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2015/01/three-troubling-but-illuminating.html.)
The new report on this subject this week comes from Hong Kong’s “Wenhuebao” paper (info.wenweipo.com/index.php?action-viewnews-itemid-74155inosmi.ru/fareast/20150812/229591489.htmlcentrasia.ru/news.php?st=1439415060