A China-funded project to bottle water from Lake Baikal in Siberia has caused a backlash in Russia. Photo: AFP

Best of frenemies: Official relations are good, but Russians grow wary of Chinese investments

  • Halting the building of a bottling plant on Lake Baikal was an environmental victory, but experts note the anti-Chinese animus that helped fuel it
  • As Chinese projects have increased, they have stoked resentment and tension, especially in Siberia and the Russian Far East
Topic |   Diplomacy

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A China-funded project to bottle water from Lake Baikal in Siberia has caused a backlash in Russia. Photo: AFP
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Ice fishing in Khabarovsk, Russia. Photo: Chris Taylor

The Russian Far East: ice fishing, a Soviet-era Hebrew Disneyland and a cosmopolitan city

  • From Khabarovsk to Birobidzhan to Vladivostok, reminders of Tsarist and Soviet rule give way to growing sophistication
  • The region, which was off-limits to foreigners for much of the 20th century, offers a warm reception
Topic |   Russia

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Ice fishing in Khabarovsk, Russia. Photo: Chris Taylor
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