Why can't Russia and China merge to become the largest country ever?
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!