Val Schuman, lived in Soviet Union (1982-1994)
Technically, they could. There are no international laws preventing unification of countries.
Practically, for it to happen, there would need to be strong incentives for the Russian and Chinese governments to support this idea. And as others have mentioned, there are no such incentives at the moment. I can’t speak for the Chinese, but Russians are very nationalistic and don’t have much respect for the Chinese. The Russian government is very corrupt and would not want to share any of its spoils with anyone in the Chinese government. China, on the other hand, is a rising power on the world stage and would not want Russia to drag it down with its struggling economy and constant international conflicts.
Also, land-wise, Russia is already the largest country in the world.
Alex Bean, studied at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
In the west we often try to impress ourselves by saying USSR collapsed because the U.S. outspent the Soviet to bankruptcy with arms race. If you talk to a Russian, they would tell you it’s mainly due to Yeltsin and the leaders from the other 14 republics all wanted to promote themselves to be the presidents! Together there could be only one president, Gorbachev. Fire the big boss, divide up the country, now everyone is a boss in their own republic! Should Russia and China merge, who should be the boss, a Chinese or a Russian? You can’t have two presidents in the same country. If you argue how about holding free election and let the people decide? There are 1.3B Chinese but only 140M Russians, mind you!
I certainly can’t prove it, but here is my very sarcastic view of China and Taiwan just as a mental exercise for why China and Russia can’t merge. If the mainland Chinese offer the president of Taiwan to become the president of their united nation, the Taiwanese would jump on the offer immediately! Since the mainland Chinese are making no such offer and expect Taiwan to become a local province (even though self-ruled) if united, that means the president of Taiwan would be *DEMOTED* to be the governor of Taiwan and all the congressmen/women in the Taiwanese congress would also be demoted to be state assemblymen/women! Now, you know why Taiwan is resisting unification? Hahaha
Christopher Turner, Student of history as well as a world traveler.
Countries are not companies, their goal isn’t to merge with other nations. They are not bound by shareholders who wish to secure growth by they can’t come by organically by merging with others. Citizens control their own country their goal is for their country to be powerful and relatively independent. Merging China with Russia wouldn’t serve either purpose, there just aren’t too many similarities for the citizens to consider the other nation a sister.
If both nations had to merge, they would look to other nations who share the same culture, so for Russia that would be nations in Eastern Europe and for China it would be Taiwan.
Dan Papazoglu, works at Ericsson Romania
Russia is the biggest country in the world . And why would they share it ‘s natural resources with an overcrowded country with no resources like China , it would not make any sense ? Not to mention the cultural an political differences .
Dmitry Petrov, Retired (2017-present)
China and Russia can merge. Who could say 100 years ago that almost all european countries decide to have one parliament in common? Everything can happen.