This topic with an enviable regularity pops up in the media. Headers a la "Forest Expansion of China", "Forests of Siberia come under the control of Beijing", "China will leave Russia without a forest", sometimes already an eye-beetle. Moreover, such injections are published as small regional sites, and major federal media. So how do things really go with exporting Russian timber to China?
Immediately it should be noted that the Celestial is indeed the largest importer of our round timber. Its annual volume is plus or minus 22 million cubic meters. It can be assumed that these data are partially underestimated. Based on China’s total wood demand, about 170 million cubic meters, 100 of which the Chinese cover on their own, and 30 purchased in other countries, not including Russia, still 40 million cubic meters remain.
If we imagine that exactly this amount of round timber we deliver to China annually, in order to spend all the wood resources of our country (it’s about industrial wood resources, not all), it will take at least 800 years. And if we take into account the fact that in the coming decades, Beijing intends to significantly reduce the volume of round timber import, then no disaster for our forest is foreseen in principle.