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In Russia's Pivot to Asia, Economic Attraction Lags Hard Power

Artyom Lukin
Board of Contributors
Sep 12, 2019 | 09:00 GMT
This June 29, 2015, file image shows the start of construction of the China-Russia east-route natural gas pipeline near Heihe, China.

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.

(Xinhua/Song Fulai via Getty Images)

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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