Construction began on the 3,968-kilometer (2,465-mile) China-Russia east-route natural gas pipeline in June 2015. The huge pipeline project is expected to be completed next year. The 2014 Ukraine crisis and the imposition of Western sanctions dramatically raised Russia's stakes in Asia.
Russia held the fifth Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Vladivostok, its main Far Eastern city on its Pacific coast, on Sept. 4-6. The forum has been held annually since 2015 to showcase Moscow's commitment to the development of its vast Far Eastern areas and closer economic links with Asia. Russia's "turn...
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