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From Russia with love

In a country where 115 boys are born for every 100 girls, it might come as no surprise that Chinese men of marriageable age might have to look further afield to find a wife. In WiC217 we reported that some men have travelled to Vietnam to seek potential spouses (Vietnamese women are more obedient and less materialistic compared to their Chinese counterparts, it was claimed). But Chinese men might turn to other countries for brides, it seems, after an ad appeared in a Russian newspaper promoting marriages with Russian women. The ad, which refers to marriages between the two nationalities as a “perfect union”, says there are benefits on both sides. Chinese men “do housework, take marriage seriously and take good care of their family”. Meanwhile, Russian women are “independent, hardworking, and beautiful”.

According to the Global Times, the commercial was a joint promotion by China Radio International and the Russia Times as part of a “Sino-Russian Friendship Exchange”.

Chinese-Russian marriages are not a new phenomenon, especially in provinces closer to the Russian border. One hamlet in Jilin province has even been dubbed as the “Russian bride village” because more than a dozen of the local men have Russian wives. Nor is the prospect of more marriages any great surprise to the Global Times, which is wholly convinced of the attraction of Chinese men. Chinese husbands don’t drink and are hardworking, the newspaper says. “And they follow a lot of traditional ethical values that render them more attractive compared with Russian males.”

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