April 18, 2021
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China’s focus on Russian Far East can be a long term threat Russia is fast tracking a Chinese proposal to pump water from Lake Baikal, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and carry it across two borders to help alleviate water shortages which seem to be a problem solver but some Russian environmentalists have started opposing this plan. Now Russia is not only confused but wants to go slow on the plan as the Lake is unhealthy in terms of massive climate change impact and too much Chinese focus on Russian resources could be bad as both nations have their legacy of problems in history.    Russian Far East region is receiving too much Chinese attention in mining and other population related issues which is making Russia nervous about future Chinese plans. The Lake Baikal holds roughly 20 per cent of the world's total unfrozen freshwater which as per Chinese plans can be carried to northwestern China and Mongolia, helping agriculture as well as thirsty people and industries along the way. For Russia, selling this water could strengthen the country's economic presence in China and Mongolia. For last five years, Chinese authorities in Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu Province in northwestern China, are now considering a 1,000km pipeline that would transport the water and China has granted 27 million US dollar for laying down the project. But the lake itself appears to be in trouble. Draining much of what is also known as "the Pearl of Siberia&q
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