The 2000 census / population of russia taken from online source Population statistics: historical demography shows a population of 147 million declining at 0.2 % while china's at 1275 million growing at 1.2% and india's at 1027 million grwoing at 2.1 % ...... some of those figures could be questionable but the general trends are beyond question , russia with a much smaller populaton than china and declining whereas china's 8 times larger and growing. so one wonders how much longer russia can hold out against the much faster growing chinese and if there would be a day when the chinese would renew their claims to russian territory. The russians can look at the example of china india border where claims are being made after 40 years of peace and so the fact that chinese foreighn minister jiang recently signed aborger agreement with his russian counterpart should really give little assurance to the russians that the matter is settled. Far from it ....they change their mind to their convenience and especially when they have comparitive strength. with such a huge landmass to guard and so few people to do the job, deaths exceeding births and a shrinking population one wonders if the russians have been too tardy in seeking allies and particular with india which could boost the manpower shortage. YOur opinions please.