Russians to account for 80% of workforce at Chinese factories in Far East

Jobs will be created at enterprises with Chinese investment

Russians must account for at least 80 percent of the workforce at enterprises set up by Chinese investors in Russia's Far East region, Russia's Minister for Far East Development Alexander Galushka said.

"Jobs will be created (at enterprises with Chinese investment). The priority here is for Russian Federation citizens. At least 80 percent of the workforce must be from Russia, and no more than 20 percent from other countries," Galushka said in an interview with the "Pozdnyakov" program on the NTV channel.

"I want to particularly stress this: Chinese investment is possible with mandatory, unconditional and strict compliance of the Russian environmental legislation, which is one of the strictest in the world," the minister said.

"It will be difficult to call such enterprises purely Chinese. We have cars assembled in Russia under other countries' trademarks and thus they become Russian ones. Because production in our country is localized. And the added value, the jobs, taxes - they all remain in Russia," Galushka said.

It was reported earlier that an agreement to allow Chinese companies to move to the Far East region, provided they comply with Russia's environmental requirements, was reached during Galushka's visit to Beijing.

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