This paper investigates statements on Chinese environmental impacts as played out above all in various Russian Far Eastern newspapers from the 1990s until the most recent time.
Since the breakdown of the Soviet Union, contacts between the Russian Far East and China have vastly intensified. Chinese investments, trade with China, migration from and to China and scientific exchanges have come to play an indispensable role for the Russian Far East´s economy and society. At the same time, the growing disparity in terms of population numbers and economic development between the respective border regions seems to have contributed to a rise of concerns and complaints about the environmental impacts Chinese actors have in the Russian Far East in terms of water and air pollution as well climate changes.
The paper asks which arguments have been brought forward (by whom) to support claims about negative Chinese impacts on the Russian Far East, how these claims have developed over time, to which extent they have been (un)disputed and if it is possible to find any counter-discourses which see China´s environmental impact in a positive light. The picture which emerges from this analysis regarding concerns and moods in the Russian Far Eastern public (and their possible factual backgrounds) might as well shed some light on the prospects for future Russian-Chinese relations and partnerships in the Far Eastern region.