If Russia's president were any other leader besides Putin, true, and the reason is that they believe China is behind them on military tech. Once the Chinese surpass them in all fields, theyll have no choice but to bow. The funny thing is that China surpassing Russia is good for Russia since it'll shatter any chances of white supremacists seizing power and blindly kowtowing to the West. Plus it would alleviate all Chinese concerns of a northern invasion.You can see the Nazis try really hard "hey cmon lets get together and gank those chinks"
Russians would rather work with their own kind than Chinese. Also, China is in reality the biggest possible threat to Russia in the long run. That land in the north is very valuable in case of global warming.