China has released another map claiming territory from a neighbor, one that is also a member of BRICS (Brazil, India, China, South America). Recently we reported on China doing a similar thing with another BRICS ally, India, now they’ve done the same with Russia, whose busy attempting to annex a whole neighbor, but using bombs, not cartography.
In this version, China claims the whole of Bolsoi Ussuriysky Island, a disputed territory they agreed to split between them in the past. Russia’s response to this map-perialism was delivered by by a Russian spokesperson, who said, “Russia and China have repeatedly confirmed the absence of mutual territorial claims….the Joint Border Commission is functioning effectively.”
It seems the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, needs China more than he needs the motherland’s territories, and China appears to know this. The Indians showed they are co-equals with Russia in their response, with Modi even bringing up their border disputes at the recent BRICS summit in South Africa. Apparently, the Russians are third-rate now, a subservient partner. What will the Russian people think of this demotion, if they even find out?