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The Russian embassy in Beijing posted this message on their Weibo today, celebrating 160 years anniversary of Vladivostok. Here is the 8:10 min video.

My first thought is, “Wow, why would they do that – wasn’t it China’s?” Then I asked myself, “Why didn’t China demand the return of Vladivostok or 海参崴, as they did with Hong Kong?!”

Ok, here is a little history of the port:

The coastal area 830 miles (1,338 km) east of Beijing, and north of the Sea of Japan was 海参崴 Haishenwai, part of imperial China for many dynasties. Then, China lost yet, another war with the West, the Arrow War, or the second opium war in 1860 to the Brits and the French. The Russians seized the day and had the southernmost 127 square miles (331 sq km; neighboring North Korea) ceded to them, calling it Vladivostok 符拉迪沃斯托克, which means Ruler of the East. It’s the administrative center of the Far Eastern Federal District and Primorsky Krai and home the Russian Pacific Fleet.

Russia 🇷🇺 Vladivostok 🇨🇳海参崴 1860 贼眉鼠眼又跳出来在示威啦? 我看后第一个感觉就是: 不厚道. 然后自问, 中国当年要求退还香港时, 为什么没有一起要求恶果退还海参崴? [疑问]
到此为止 … 十几亿人民 哪里轮到我费心?

Russian’s message on Weibo: 今天是符拉迪沃斯托克建城160周年纪念日。符拉迪沃斯托克的历史始于1860年,当时俄罗人在这里建立了一个军事港口,称为“符拉迪沃斯托克”。19世纪末,符拉迪沃斯托克已发展成为一个大型港口和工业城市,是俄罗斯海军在太平洋上的主要基地。

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