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Russia’s future lies with the East – deputy premier

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(Interfax – Chelyabinsk, April 12, 2014) Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitriy Rogozin has said that Russia’s future lies with the East, not the West. “All our prospects lie not with the West but with the East. In the East, Russia borders on Japan, China, India is close by, the two Koreas, the entire southeast Asia.

Construction of New Pipeline from North Siberia to China Kicks Off

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Anatoly Medetsky – December 18, 2013) Construction of a major pipeline kicked off Tuesday in an effort that will likely bring more oil from Siberia to China. Governor Lev Kuznetsov made a show at the starting ceremony in his Krasnoyarsk region, braving the rubber-bullet injury he suffered during a robbery

Russia and China Move Closer to Energy Partnership

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(Institute of Modern Russia – imrussia.org – Donald N. Jensen – November 5, 2013) The visit by Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev to China once again highlighted the strategic importance that Moscow attaches to Asia. Donald N. Jensen, Resident Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies,

Doing Business in Russia now easier than in China, says World Bank

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Artem Zagorodnov, RBTH    - October 31, 2013) Russia moves ahead of its fellow BRIC countries in the World Bank’s latest Ease of Doing Business ranking, as the country fights to attract international investment. Russia jumped 20 places in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business survey to

RIA Novosti: Sino-Russian Cooperation Stabilizes Global Affairs – Russia

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MOSCOW, October 30 (RIA Novosti) ­ Russia and China reaffirmed their intention to work together in dealing with global challenges during a meeting Wednesday between Russia’s Defense Minister and a top Chinese military commissioner. “The consolidated position of our governments has a stabilizing influence on the international situation,” Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at the

RIA Novosti: Medvedev Says ‘Fast-Growing’ China Poses No Danger to Russia

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MOSCOW, October 26 (RIA Novosti) ­ Russia has nothing to fear from the fast-growing China, but could benefit from this cooperation, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in a televised interview Saturday. In an interview with Vesti on Saturday on Russia 1 TV channel, Medvedev said Russia should cooperate with Beijing in high-technology areas, adding that

Gazprom Completes First Solo Offshore Project

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Anatoly Medetsky – October 25, 2013) Gazprom has started to operate the first offshore field that it has developed on its own, in a test of its power to perform the challenging task without foreign partners. Sitting off the Pacific island of Sakhalin, the Kirinskoye field will feed natural gas

Medvedev China Visit Sees Deal-signing Flurry

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – October 22, 2013) Russia’s state-owned development bank, VEB, agreed to borrow $1.9 billion from Chinese lenders, as part of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to Beijing on Tuesday. But Medvedev used the occasion to call for more direct investment between the two countries, which would take economic ties up a

Will China overtake Russia in the space race?

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Andrei Kislyakov, special to RBTH – October 20, 2013) Over the past few years, Beijing’s investment in the aerospace sector has rapidly grown. Expert discuss whether China could overtake the leading countries in the industry. According to public data for 2011, China exported $3 billion worth of high-tech

TRANSCRIPT (continued): [Putin at] meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club (transcript concluded)

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(Kremlin.ru – Novgorod Region, September 19, 2013) [Complete transcript here http://eng.kremlin.ru/transcripts/6007] VLADIMIR PUTIN: And one more question for our American friend and colleague. What will the United States do about the budget deficit, the debt that has reached an incredible size? It is the largest debt in the United States’ post-war history. How will the

Moscow’s New Role: Global Problem Solver?

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(RFE/RL – rferl.org – Charles Recknagel – September 13, 2013) The world is used to seeing Washington and its western allies take the lead in trying to solve world crises. But suddenly, Moscow has seized the initiative. On September 13, Russian President Vladimir Putin capped a week of energetic diplomacy by winning China’s support for

Kremlin Calm As China’s Clout Rises In Russia’s Backyard

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(RFE/RL – rferl.org – Tom Balmforth – MOSCOW, September 12, 2013) The Kremlin did not bat an eyelid as Chinese President Xi Jinping jetted from one Central Asian capital to the next tying up billion-dollar energy deals in Moscow’s backyard. Privately, it might have been glowering. For years after gaining independence, the countries of former

China, Russia Clinch Terms of Multi-Billion Dollar Gas Deal

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(RIA Novosti – ST. PETERSBURG, September 5, 2013) Russian and Chinese state corporations signed a string of economic agreements including another document paving the way for the long-awaited multi-billion dollar gas deal, after President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping met Thursday at the G20 summit in the city of St. Petersburg. Russian

‘How Many Icebreakers Does Russia Need?’

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(Window on Eurasia – Paul Goble – Staunton, August 13, 2013) As the first Chinese merchant ship begins an unescorted voyage from Dalian to Rotterdam on the Northern Sea Route, Russian military officials are pondering how many icebreakers Russia in fact needs to ensure that Moscow is able to continue its dominance of that increasingly

Despite Wariness, China-Russia Relations Warming

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(RFE/RL – rferl.org – Richard Solash – August 9, 2013) They share a border running 4,300 kilometers, but have long been divided by mistrust. However, if the past several months are any indication, China and Russia are enjoying a distinct warming in relations. A historic oil deal in June and a major joint military exercise

Russia Looks East, Yet Again

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(RFE/RL – rferl.org – Dan Wisniewski – August 6, 2013) Moscow’s efforts to develop its eastern regions over the last couple of centuries could be encapsulated in the rallying cry “Go east, young Russians!” But perhaps nowadays that might be rephrased as “Go east, young Uzbeks,” according to EurasiaNet’s Evgeny Kuzmin. Kuzmin notes that more

Beijing’s ‘Carrots and Sticks’ Keep Xinjiang from Being a ‘Chinese Chechnya,’ Russian Analyst Says

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(Window on Eurasia – Paul Goble – Staunton, July 2, 2013) China’s massive investments in Xinjiang combined with its willingness to repress quickly any challenges to its rule there is keeping that still 50 percent Muslim region from become “a Chinese Chechnya,” according to a Russian analyst who has travelled there regularly since 1991. But

Pushkov sees start of non-American world order in Russia and China’s common position on Syria

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(Interfax – MOSCOW, June 18, 2013) Chairman of the State Duma’s International Affairs Committee Alexei Pushkov of the United Russia faction said Russia and China’s position on the Syrian settlement marks an important stage in global politics. “Russia and China’s common position on Syria is seen in the West as a disappointing misunderstanding. But in

Obama and Xi Agree to a Truce

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(RIA Novosti – Fyodor Lukyanov – Fyodor Lukyanov is Editor-in-Chief of the Russia in Global Affairs journal, ­ an authoritative source of expertise on Russian foreign policy and global developments – June 14, 2013) The meeting between US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping at a desert retreat near Palm Springs, California, last

Russian Influence in Central Asia a Greater Threat than Chinese, Kazakh Nationalist Says

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(Window on Eurasia – Paul Goble – Staunton, June 12, 2013) Despite the hysteria about it whipped up in Russian language outlets in Kazakhstan, one commentator says, the growth of Chinese influence in Kazakhstan is far less a threat to the survival of the Kazakh people than the past and present impact of Russian influence

Chinese parliamentarians interested in Russian experience on NGO law – State Duma Deputy Speaker

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(Interfax – HARBIN, China, May 29, 2013) China as well as Russia is concerned with the issue of non-governmental organizations (NGO) receiving foreign financing and trying to influence the interior policy of the country, Russia’s State Duma First Deputy Speaker Ivan Melnikov, representing the Russian Communist Party faction, said about the results of the visit

Russians see CIS, China as Russia’s chief foreign-policy partners – poll

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(Interfax – MOSCOW, April 28, 2013) Respondents polled in Russia recently said they would prefer Russia to deal with China and countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States rather than with the United States. “Asked which countries should be given priority as partners in cooperation, 28% of those polled named members of the Commonwealth of

Moscow Lacks Funds to Maintain Arctic Monopoly as China Gains a New Opening in that Region

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(Window on Eurasia – Paul Goble – Staunton, April 16, 2013 – http://windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2013/04/window-on-eurasia-moscow-lacks-funds-to.html)  Despite Vladimir Putin’s promises to ensure that Russia kept its monopoly in the Arctic as the melting of the ice cap made that region more important, Moscow has cut back plans to build nine new icebreakers, a key to that control, because

Russia Seeks China Resources Investment – Shuvalov

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(RIA Novosti – MOSCOW, April 10, 2013) ­ Russia plans to offer Chinese investors participation in joint natural resources projects and is ready to give Beijing access to Russian mineral deposits, First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said on Wednesday. In an interview with Chinese media ahead of a visit by a Russian delegation on

Russia and China take great energy leap forward

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Ben Aris – April 7, 2013) Deepening economic ties with the new leadership in Beijing are evidence that Russia is increasingly looking towards Asia. A multibillion-pound raft of deals struck during new Chinese president Xi Jinping’s recent visit to Moscow demonstrates a strengthening of ties between the two

Russia, China should convert political understanding into specific cooperation results – Russian deputy foreign minister

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(Interfax – MOSCOW. April 3, 2013) Russia believes the results of the Russian-Chinese summit conducted in March 2013 indicate continuity in the approaches adopted by the new Chinese administration to relations with Russia, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov said. “The visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping became a landmark event in the development of

Tensions on the Korean peninsula bring Russia and China closer

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Andrei Ilyashenko, special to RBTH – April 1, 2013) Andrei Ilyashenko is a columnist on the Middle East issues for several Russian media and military magazines. For Moscow and Beijing the consequences of North Korea’s posturing in recent months could turn into a major security issue. North Korean

China reaffirms strategic partnership in Russia

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – www.rbth.ru – Andrei Ilyashenko, special to RBTH – March 28, 2013) The visit from the new Chinese leader showed Moscow and Beijing to be close partners, if not allies. Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Moscow ended in over 30 economic agreements being signed, although the nature of the bilateral

BRICS summit and China’s trip to Moscow marks a new era

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – March 28, 2013) Russian President Vladimir Putin was in South Africa on March 27 at the opening of the BRICS summit to highlight the growing importance of the emerging markets club that are increasingly taking the lead when it comes to global growth. “Work in the BRICS group is

Russia Lets China Into Arctic Rush as Energy Giants Embrace

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(Bloomberg – bloomberg.com – Rakteem Katakey & Will Kennedy – March 25, 2013) Russia’s decision to give China a share of prized Arctic exploration licenses as part of a “breakthrough” deal signals how the world’s largest oil and gas producer and the biggest energy consumer are redrawing the global energy map. Under agreements signed during

BRICS summit to discuss global economic recovery

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(Interfax – MOSCOW, March 26, 2013) – Proposals for global economic recovery dominate the agenda for a planned summit of BRICS on Tuesday and Wednesday. President Vladimir Putin will represent Russia at what is the fifth summit of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The meeting will be held in Durban, South Africa. “The

Russia reveals its strategy for BRICS cooperation

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Yuri Paniyev, special to RBTH – March 26, 2013) Russian Foreign Ministry has released an official strategy for Russia’s participation in the BRICS association. The document stresses the need to turn the bloc into a comprehensive institution for daily cooperation on key global issues The Kremlin and Russian

After Kremlin Talks, China’s Leader Takes Dig at U.S.

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Alexander Bratersky and Jonathan Earle – March 25, 2013) In a veiled criticism of the U.S., new Chinese President Xi Jinping has denounced foreign governments that meddle in the domestic affairs of other countries, adopting rhetoric favored by President Vladimir Putin as he wrapped up his first foreign trip in

Russian rejects Cyprus to embrace China

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – March 25, 2013) The news images on Friday were dripping with symbolism. A Cypriot delegation lead by Finance minister Michael Sarris was on its way out to the airport having failed to secure a 10bn rescue package from the Kremlin, while newly anointed Chinese premier Xi Jinping was on

Russia, BRICS will cooperate closely with UN, resist using UNSC to dismiss unwanted regimes – concept

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MOSCOW. March 21 (Interfax) – Russia and its partners in BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) intend to resist attempts to use the UN Security Council to dismiss unwanted regimes and to settle conflict situations with force. “The main goals of Russia in the sphere of international political cooperation with BRICS partners are:

TRANSCRIPT: [Putin] Interview to the ITAR-TASS news agency

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(Kremlin.ru – March 22, 2013) QUESTION: BRICS’ relatively new phenomenon attracts increased global attention due to the optimistic predictions about its development, especially against the backdrop of global crisis developments in the world economy. What is BRICS’ immediate and long-term significance for Russia? Is such a format practical for the development of relations among these

POLICY STATEMENT: Vladimir Putin approved Policy Concept on Russia’s participation in BRICS

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(Kremlin.ru – March 21, 2013) The document defines the role of BRICS members in today’s international system and outlines the prospects for developing the association. The Policy Concept sets forth the fundamental principles and contents of Russia’s foreign policy towards BRICS nations. Russia considers its work within BRICS one of its strategically important foreign policy

Oil and Gas to Dominate Xi’s Visit

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Jonathan Earle and Anatoly Medetsky – March 22, 2013) Newly minted Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to push for increased oil and gas supplies from Russia and reaffirm warm bilateral ties on a three-day visit to Moscow beginning on Friday. The trip, Xi’s first international stop as president, will

BRICS format is non-military – top Russian diplomat

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MOSCOW. March 21 (Interfax) – The BRICS group (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) will not form a military alliance and will center its efforts on tackling economic and social issues, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said. “I would like to reiterate once again that BRICS is not a bloc directed against third

China Predicts Energy Talks Breakthrough in Xi’s Visit to Russia

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(Bloomberg News – bloomberg.com -  March 20, 2013) China anticipates a breakthrough in energy talks during President Xi Jinping’s visit to Moscow this week, an achievement that may strengthen ties between neighbors wary of U.S. motives on issues from Iran to Asia policy. China wants to sign an agreement on a natural-gas pipeline during Xi’s

Four BRICS Deals Expected When Putin Visits Africa

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Rajeev Sharma – March 20, 2013) NEW DELHI ­ At least four deals will be reached at a BRICS summit that President Vladimir Putin will attend in South Africa next week, including the establishment of a business council and a consortium of think tanks from BRICS countries, a senior Indian

China’s Xi Jinping to Talk Energy in Russia

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MOSCOW, March 18 (RIA Novosti) ­ China’s new president, Xi Jinping, will discuss energy partnership during his March 22-24 visit to Russia, his first overseas trip as leader of the world’s most populous country, the Kremlin said on Monday. The Chinese president will meet with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on March 23. The talks

Putin Pipeline to Send 25% of Russia’s Oil Exports East

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(Bloomberg – bloomberg.com – Jake Rudnitsky – March 7, 2013) Russia is on course to send an unprecedented 25 percent of its crude exports to eastern markets by 2015 as rising demand from China and other Asian consumers attracts sales at the expense of Europe. The country sent 1.1 million barrels a day east in

Russia Seeks Closer Energy Partnership with China

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(Eurasia Daily Monitor: Volume 10, Issue 42 – Jamestown Foundation – jamestown.org – Sergei Blagov – March 6, 2013) On February 25, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich traveled to China to attend a first meeting of the bilateral intergovernmental commission on energy cooperation. The commission was formed in December 2012 to replace the bilateral

China’s quiet splash in the post-Soviet space

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(opendemocracy.net – Michael Cecire – February 25, 2013) Michael Hikari Cecire is a Black Sea-Eurasia regional analyst and an associate scholar at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, where he contributes to the Project on Democratic Transitions. China’s steadily growing economic expansion throughout the world is a cause of concern for many governments. Eastern Europe and

Life on the Chinese border: Russia’s Far East

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(opendemocracy.net – Olesya Gerasimenko – January 21, 2013) Primorsky Territory is seven time zones away from the capital and has the largest economy in the Russian Far East.  There is justifiable irritation at Moscow’s insistence on a one-size-fits-all model of government oriented towards Europe and levels of frustration are forcing people to leave, says Olesya

The rise and fall of China-watching in Russia

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(opendemocracy.net – Alexander Gabuyev – January 21, 2013) Russia’s relations with China have long been governed by need and fear, even when they were supposedly linked by common ideology. Now China’s financial might means it can offer seductive loans to its cash-light neighbour. But Russia has so few specialist China-watchers to offer proper advice, says

Russia-China relations: fantasies and reality

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(www.opendemocracy.net – Ben Judah – January 21, 2013) Ben Judah is the author of Fragile Empire: How Russia Fell In And Out Of Love With Vladimir Putin to be published in May 2013 by Yale University Press. He is an associate fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. Is Russia in control of its

China-Russia Trade Up 11% to $88 Bln in 2012

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BEIJING, January 10 (RIA Novosti) ­China-Russia trade grew 11.2 percent in 2012 from the previous year to $88.16 billion, the Chinese General Customs Administration reported on Thursday. Trade with the European Union, China’s largest trading partner, declined by 3.7 percent last year to $546.04 billion while trade with the United States, China’s second-largest trading partner,

Russia, China Plan to Boost Cooperation on Missile Defense


BEIJING, January 9 (RIA Novosti) ­ Russia and China are planning to intensify their cooperation on missile defense in response to America’s growing missile defense potential around the globe, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said on Wednesday. “We are concerned about US plans to build a global missile defense system, including in the Asia-Pacific

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