China's size creates another problem.
Also, given russia's size, poor transport and inadequate housing, people are reluctant to move.
Both are continent-sized countries in the western hemisphere with federal democracies in which state governments have considerable power.
All occupy huge land areas at disparate stages of economic development.
If the french spectrum is wide, the russians in london are an even more mixed bunch.
China is a fast developing country with vast size and diverse regions at very different stage of development.
The sprawling nation has huge fossil resources, including the largest proven natural gas reserves in the world, but moscow would like to increase its exports of those.
Squashed against the chronically lawless vastness of eastern congo, little burundi seemed a miracle of calm.
The rich but tiny kingdom provided planes, at least 18 shipments of weapons and special forces for the intervention in libya.
Christmas in asia takes as many forms as the region's geographic sweep would suggest.
These are contributions that are not contained by russia's borders, as vast as those borders are.
China has massive land, abundant natural resources, huge cheap labor, low taxation, a growing consumer market, improving infrastructure and of course, a stable social and political environment with attractive investment policies.
Its big, poor south-east asian neighbours would also be earning billions if they had been quicker to exploit their vast, untapped reserves of ores.
On thousands of acres in eastern montana, the great american prairie is coming back-nurtured by a determined group of citizens.
In fact, kazakhstan has become an example of how even a vast and still-developing nation like this central asian country can achieve a remarkable public health success.
They realized long ago that they are relatively empty countries, and if they can recruit more skilled people from the outside, they will be better off.
Ten minutes later they were all in separate vehicles, being driven away to points unknown, somewhere in the vast reaches of the largest country on the face of the earth.
It is huge, diverse, secular ( though its people are religious), materialistic, largely tolerant and proudly democratic.
China's tomato industry is concentrated in the remote western province of xinjiang, where vast spaces allow for the construction of massive farms that take advantage of economies of scale in producing commoditized food products, such as tomato paste.
Thisregion stretches from iran in the west to japan in the east, a space in whichindia is as much an asian actor as are china, singapore, thailand or japan, andin which the commercial and political interests of the big powers range acrossthe whole continent.