(loosely and colloquially translated from the original Russish)
About that time, there was Treaty of Seattle, which marked end of long and bitter war, between Chinese on one side, and almost everyone else, on other side. Some called it third world war. Was last world war. Major nations of world fought alongside our ancestors against China. Long term effect of war was to re-ignite democracy in Russia and strengthen weakening culture in rest of world in last decades before start of Diaspora.
Though nuclear weapons were used, and some cities were destroyed, war was never “apocalypse” predicted in the literature and media of the world at that time. It began some fifteen years earlier after aggressive and sudden Chinese moves into Russian territory.
At same time, Chinese miliary moved south towards continent of Australia. Were very heavy losses at first – in first six weeks of war, ancient city state of Singapore had fallen, and all Russia east of Lake Baikal was in Chinese hands. But all that ground was taken back over course of war.
Advance of Chinese brought political chaos across all earth, collapsing political unions and causing other minor wars. Recent work by historians shows that discoveries in Antarctica, and what happened as a result (see Yekatarinburg offensive, Libby-Sheffield engines, Antarctic Discoveries) were rather more important to victory than once thought.
Human cost of Russo-Chinese War was over 4 million Russian and alliance dead, 30 million Chinese dead, and destruction of some Russian and Chinese cities. Also, Chinese Confucian culture was destroyed forever.
Following war, came launch of Russian starship Yekatarina Velikaya. Exact date we can no longer be sure of, due to small differences between Standard years and Earth years. But we believe this was around one hundred years after first man in space Yuri Gagarin.