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    Post  George1 on Wed Nov 19, 2014 1:19 pm

    Russia, China should jointly counter "color revolutions" — Russian Defense Ministry
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    Post  Hannibal Barca on Wed Nov 19, 2014 3:28 pm

    Counterfight and ...countercreate. Now that's what I'm talking about!!! cheers
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    Post  George1 on Fri Nov 21, 2014 10:58 am


    Russia, China to agree on space exploration program in early 2015

    MOSCOW, November 19. /TASS/. Russian and Chinese scientists will agree on a plan of cooperation in outer space research in January 2015, director of Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Space Research Lev Zeleny told reporters on Wednesday.

    “We have discussed plans of Russian-Chinese experiments with the chief of the similar institute just a week ago. We have a long list of 15-20 issues on each side. We will merge them at a meeting in January,” Zeleny said.

    He noted that major potential of cooperation with China have not been tapped yet. Meanwhile, the Russian academician noted that China keeps mistrusting Russian partners over the 2011 aborted launch of the Russian Mars probe Phobos-Grunt with a Chinese micro-satellite installed on it.

    “Chinese partners find our industry blamed for this. They had some indisposition to us, because not everything was done correctly towards them,” Zeleny added.
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    Post  George1 on Sat Nov 22, 2014 1:01 am

    Moscow-Beijing high-speed rail link estimated at $150 billion

    The construction of the Russian stretch of the Moscow-Beijing high-speed railway may require up to $60 billion, Russian Railways First Vice-President Alexander Misharin

    MOSCOW, November 21. /TASS/. The project to build a high-speed rail link between Moscow and Beijing will cost about $150 billion, Russian Railways (RZD) First Vice-President Alexander Misharin said on Friday.

    The RZD official said “almost 4 trillion rubles (about $86 billion at the current exchange rate) will be provided by the Chinese side.”

    The construction of the Russian stretch of the Moscow-Beijing high-speed railway may require up to 2.8 trillion rubles (about $60 billion), Misharin said. “We need to calculate it because an expert study has not been carried out yet,” the RZD first vice-president said.

    RZD is discussing the possibility of raising $8.5 billion from the Chinese side to finance a railway stretch between Moscow and Kazan in the Volga Republic of Tatarstan. The stretch will become a part of the high-speed railway between the two capitals, he said. “We’re switching to specific negotiations,” he said.

    During a visit by China’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang to Russia on October 12-14, representatives of Russia’s Transport Ministry and RZD and China’s State Committee for Development and Reform and China Railway Corporation signed a memorandum on cooperation in developing high-speed railway communication.

    The sides will develop a project of the Moscow-Beijing Eurasian high-speed transport corridor, including the priority Moscow-Kazan railway as the first section of the new rail link.
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    Post  magnumcromagnon on Fri Dec 05, 2014 10:05 pm

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    Putin Wildly Popular in China, Approval Tops 92%

    BEIJING—In the recommended-reading section of Beijing's Wangfujing bookstore, staff members have no doubt which foreign leader customers are most interested in: President Vladimir Putin, or "Putin the Great" as some Chinese call him.

    Books on Mr. Putin have been flying off shelves since the crisis in Ukraine began, far outselling those on other world leaders, sales staff say. One book, "Putin Biography: He is Born for Russia," made the list of top 10 nonfiction best sellers at the Beijing News newspaper in September.

    China's fascination with Mr. Putin is more than literary, marking a shift in the post-Cold War order and in Chinese politics. After decades of mutual suspicion—and one short border conflict—Beijing and Moscow are drawing closer as they simultaneously challenge the U.S.-led security architecture that has prevailed since the Soviet collapse, diplomats and analysts say.

    The former rivals for leadership of the Communist world also increasingly share a brand of anti-Western nationalism that could color President Xi Jinping's view of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Beijing accuses Western governments of stirring unrest there, much as Mr. Putin blamed the West for the pro-democracy protests in Kiev that began late last year.

    Russia has begun portraying the Hong Kong protests, too, as U.S.-inspired. Russian state-controlled television channels this week claimed that Hong Kong protest leaders had received American training.

    The Pew Research Center says China is one of the few countries where popular support for Russia has risen since Moscow's confrontation with the West over Ukraine—rising to 66% in July from 47% a year earlier.

    A poll by In Touch Today, an online news service run by China's Tencent Holdings Ltd., put Mr. Putin's approval rating at 92% after Russia annexed Crimea in March.

    "Putin's personality is impressive—as a man, as a leader. Chinese people find that attractive. He defends Russia's interests," says Zhao Huasheng, an expert on China-Russia relations at Shanghai's Fudan University. "Russia and China can learn a lot from each other."

    It is partly realpolitik. Russia needs China's market and capital, especially as Western sanctions over Ukraine bite, the analysts say, while Beijing sees Moscow as a source of diplomatic support and vital energy resources.

    The countries concluded a long-awaited deal in May for Russia to supply $400 billion of gas to China over 30 years. They have forged agreements to build a railway bridge over their common border and an ice-free port in Russia's far east. They have also unveiled plans to set up ground stations on each other's land for their satellite global-positioning navigation systems.

    Also driving the realignment is rapport between Mr. Putin and Mr. Xi, whose leadership increasingly resembles his Russian counterpart's charismatic nationalist authoritarianism.

    "Putin and Xi Jinping are quite similar," says Yu Bin, an expert on China-Russia relations at Wittenberg University in Ohio. The leaders are from the same generation—they are both 61—and both want to re-establish their countries as world powers and challenge Western dominance following periods of perceived national humiliation.

    Xi Jinping, left, and Vladimir Putin increasingly share a similar brand of anti-Western nationalism. Above, the two leaders are seen together in Shanghai in May. ZUMAPRESS.com

    Mr. Xi came to power two years ago succeeding Hu Jintao, whom party insiders saw as an uncharismatic leader unable to inspire popular support or defend China's national interests. "I think China, after 10 years of Hu Jintao, started to look for a strong leader," says Mr. Yu. "In that context, the Chinese leadership does look to Putin. There's a parallel experience."

    Mr. Xi has since made his relationship with Mr. Putin a priority. He chose Russia for his first foreign visit as Chinese president and was one of the few world leaders to attend the Sochi Winter Olympics. Mr. Xi has met Mr. Putin nine times since taking office, most recently at a Central Asian security forum in Tajikistan last month.

    "I have the impression we always treat each other as friends, with full and open hearts," Mr. Xi told Mr. Putin in Moscow last year, according to an official Kremlin transcript. "We are similar in character."

    He told Russian students later that China and Russia were both going through "an important period of national rejuvenation" and had "the best great-power relationship" in the world.

    Mr. Xi has established himself as a political strongman by outlining a "China Dream" of national rejuvenation, by overseeing a sustained anticorruption campaign and by using China's military muscle to enforce territorial claims around its coast.

    He has also tightened controls on the media and political dissent and has launched a campaign against Western ideological influence, such as through foreign-funded NGOs.

    Some Chinese and Western scholars see parallels in Mr. Putin's early onslaught against Russia's oligarchs, his appeals for national revival, his crackdown on independent news media and his willingness to use military force to defend Russia's interests around its borders. Mr. Putin has also overseen a gradual rehabilitation of Joseph Stalin. Mr. Xi praises the achievements of Chairman Mao Zedong.

    Both men play on their countries' wartime pasts. Mr. Xi has introduced three war-related national holidays, including a "Martyrs' Day," marked for the first time Tuesday. Mr. Putin just opened a new World War I memorial. They plan to hold joint celebrations next year for the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

    Both men, scholars say, rely heavily on state-controlled media to tap into a popular admiration for strong leaders that is widespread in Russia and China, former empires that for most of their histories have been ruled by autocrats.

    Zheng Wenyang, the 30-year-old author of "He is Born for Russia," says the biography, which came out in 2012, has sold far more copies than his earlier works onBarack Obama, Margaret Thatcher and Nelson Mandela.

    He says Mr. Putin's popularity, while inflated by glowing reports in Chinese state media, feeds off a deeply held conviction in Chinese society: "If a leader is weak and allows himself to be bullied, then people won't respect him."

    Russia's pushback against Western-leaning governments in Georgia in 2008 and more recently Ukraine has been popular in China. Some say Beijing should draw lessons from those experiences as it jostles for control over waters in the East and South China seas with the U.S., Japan, Philippines and Vietnam.

    "Putin is a bold and decisive leader of a great power, who's good at achieving victory in a dangerous situation," said Maj. Gen. Wang Haiyun, a former military attaché to Moscow, in an interview with the Chinese website of the Global Times newspaper.

    "These features are worthy of our praise and learning. Russia has been a great world power for hundreds of years and a superpower in the bi-polar order: It's much more skilled than us at playing great power games."

    In the crisis over Ukraine—a supplier of corn and armaments to China—Beijing has stayed on the sidelines, calling repeatedly for a political solution and withholding support for Western sanctions against Russia.

    Some Chinese experts argue that China risks damaging its relationships with the U.S. and the European Union, still its biggest trading partners. Moscow's and Beijing's interests aren't always aligned.

    Older Chinese fondly recall Soviet support for China in the 1950s but also remember the bitter ideological split in 1960 and border conflict in 1969. Though the two sides formed a new strategic partnership in 1996, only recently did they find common ground beyond supporting one another in the United Nations Security Council.

    New tensions could arise over China's expanding influence in Central Asian lands that once were part of the Soviet Union, and over Russian arms sales to India and Vietnam, neighbors of China that have boundary disputes with it.

    Still, some analysts say that by staying out of the way in Ukraine, Beijing has ensured that Moscow will remain neutral over China's flaring territorial disputes in Asia. And for the moment, both sides have an interest in playing up the merits of their governance models.

    Liu Xiaohu, the 28-year-old author of another biography, "Putin's Iron Fist," which came out this year, says many young Chinese feel frustrated by what they see as their government's failure to respond to past foreign provocations, such as the U.S. bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade in 1999.

    "It's not that Chinese people instinctively want or need a strong leader: It's that the country needs one at this period of time," he says.

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    Post  magnumcromagnon on Fri Dec 05, 2014 10:07 pm

    As of now Putin's approval rating is well over 80% in Russia, China, and it may very well be high in India as well.
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    Post  kvs on Fri Dec 05, 2014 11:17 pm

    magnumcromagnon wrote:As of now Putin's approval rating is well over 80% in Russia, China, and it may very well be high in India as well.

    The title "Putin the Great" is quite appropriate. Much more so than for "Peter the Great" who set Russia back by re-introducing serfdom
    while "modernizing" and engaged in ridiculous inanities such as chopping heads for not cutting beards.

    Putin has seen the resurrection of Russia and all without any iron fisted repression of the previous eras. He is popularly elected and
    rules by consensus. He has introduced actual civil society and judicial reforms. The drunk US bootlick Yeltsin deserves no credit
    for modernization reforms. And Putin has to face overwhelming NATO soft power pressure the likes of which Peter the Great never
    experienced. Truly, under Putin Russia has become a modern democratic country and one that is prospering. This indeed makes him
    great.
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    Post  GarryB on Sat Dec 06, 2014 10:37 am

    Excellent Link Austin... my vote.

    I notice on Sputnik that the Bulgarian leader still hopes Putin will change his mind.... hahaha...

    I hope Hollande is paying attention because his dithering with the Mistral could result in France being left with two ships it can't sell or use and a cost in penalties to Russia worth more than what Russia paid for both ships...

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    Post  Viktor on Mon Dec 22, 2014 6:06 pm

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    China pledges to help Russia overcome economic hardships

    “Russia has the capability and the wisdom to overcome the existing hardship in the economic situation," Foreign Minister Wang Yi told journalists, China Daily reported Monday. “If the Russian side needs it, we will provide necessary assistance within our capacity."
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    Post  George1 on Tue Jan 13, 2015 8:42 pm

    Russia-China trade exceeded $95 billion in 2014
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    Post  George1 on Thu Jan 15, 2015 1:25 pm

    China Lifan Group Plans Engine Assembly Factory in Russia After 2021

    Chinese motorcycle and automobile manufacturer Lifan Group will build new plant with a production capacity of 60,000 vehicles a year in Russia's Western Lipetsk Region.

    MOSCOW, January 15 (Sputnik) — Chinese motorcycle and automobile manufacturer Lifan Group plans to build an engine assembly factory in Russia after 2021, the head of Lifan Motors in Russia, Sun Tszetszyun, told RIA Novosti.

    “A date will be specified by the end of decade in accordance with changes in the market,” Sun said.

    According to him, Lifan plans further localization of manufacturing in Russia and intends to buy tires, car discs, seats and glass from local retailers.

    In October 2014, Lifan signed an investment agreement with the administration of Russia's western Lipetsk Region and allocated $300 million toward the building of a new plant, with a production capacity of 60,000 vehicles a year, in a special economic zone there.

    Amid Western sanctions imposed on Russia over the Ukrainian crisis, Moscow has significantly increased cooperation with Beijing, especially in the spheres of energy and business.
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    Post  George1 on Thu Jan 22, 2015 5:31 pm

    China to Build 7,000 Km Moscow-Beijing Railway Estimated $242 Bln
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    Post  George1 on Sat Mar 28, 2015 2:15 pm

    Boosting Bilateral Ties: Russia Vows to Join Chinese-led Development Bank

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    Russia has signaled its readiness to take part in the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), in a move that will most likely bolster bilateral relations.

    Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov has said that his country is ready to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), media reports said.

    "I would like to inform you that Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a decision on Russia’s participation in the capital of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank", Shuvalov said.

    He added that Russia hails China’s Silk Road Economic Belt initiative and is poised to bolster cooperation between the Eurasian Economic Union and China.

    Shuvalov spoke during the 2015 annual Boao Forum, which is being hosted by China under the title ‘Asia’s New Future: Toward a Community of Common Destiny.’ High on the agenda is a host of pressing issues related to macroeconomics, technological innovation, politics, security and regional development.

    The AIIB is an international financial institution which was established in 2014 at the behest of the Chinese government. Beijing wants to see the bank operational before the end of this year. The authorized capital is expected to total about 100 billion dollars.

    The AIIB includes 27 prospective founding members; Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland and Luxembourg recently indicated their intent to join the bank. Australia and South Korea are also considering submitting the application; Australia initially declined at the request of the United States, but was compelled to reconsider following the UK's decision. The deadline is due to expire on March 31.

    The AIIB is seen by some as a rival to the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, which are dominated by developed countries like the United States and Japan.

    In light of this, US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said last week that America’s “international credibility and influence” is under threat as China seeks to set up the AIIF and draw support from staunch US allies.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/world/20150328/1020130405.html#ixzz3VgZRS9ho
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    Post  George1 on Sun Apr 05, 2015 4:55 pm

    Russia to Play Big Role in China-Led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

    Russia expects to play a hefty role in the China-proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) which it hopes will become a major driver of Eurasian integration, Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Thursday.

    “Being part of the Bank’s operations area, Russia will be encouraging investments into infrastructure projects in Siberia and the Far East. We hope that this bank will become instrumental in promoting transcontinental integration,” Alexander Lukashevich told a news briefing in Moscow.

    The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is an international financial institution proposed by China in 2014 to provide finance to infrastructure projects in the Asia region.

    The new bank plans to invest $100 billion in infrastructure projects in Asian countries. Half of that amount has already been budgeted by China.

    More than 40 countries, including Australia, South Korea, Britain, France, Germany and Italy, have said they would sign up to the AIIB, with Japan and the United States the two notable absentees.

    Russia is set to join the AIIB as a founding member on April 14.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/russia/20150403/1020412808.html#ixzz3WRkvoHKS
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    Post  George1 on Mon Apr 06, 2015 5:20 pm

    Russia and China Hold Talks on Broadening Nuclear Cooperation

    Russia and China are discussing further broadening of bilateral cooperation in the sphere of nuclear development.

    HANOI (Sputnik) – Russia and China are discussing further broadening of bilateral cooperation in the sphere of nuclear development, an anonymous source told journalists on Monday.

    "The expansion of cooperation between the Russian Federation and China in the nuclear sphere is being actively discussed," the source said, adding that talks on the construction of the seventh and eighth units of the Tianwan Nuclear Power Station in China are in the final stage.

    The Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant, located on the Chinese coast and considered to be the safest in the world by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), was constructed using Russian nuclear power equipment and service export monopoly Atomstroyexport. It began operation in 2007.

    The Tianwan nuclear energy complex will comprise eight generating units when it is fully completed.

    Russian and Chinese officials signed a major memorandum of understanding in March 2014 that laid the groundwork for future energy cooperation between the two countries.

    The memorandum led to agreements on the joint construction of a series of floating nuclear power plants in China.

    According to CEO of the Russian state nuclear energy corporation Rosatom Sergei Kiriyenko, his company views the Asia-Pacific market as a priority for the Russian nuclear industry.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/asia/20150406/1020514112.html#ixzz3WXhqC07Q
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    Post  George1 on Mon Apr 06, 2015 11:53 pm

    Chinese Company to Invest in Refinery Grid in Russia’s Khabarovsk

    Russian Ministry of Development of the Far East said that joint enterprise of Baoli Asphalt and Bitumina - Baoli Bitumina Singapore plans to buy small oil refineries in Russia's Far East in order to create a refinery grid with the parent enterprise in the city of Khabarovsk.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Baoli Bitumina Singapore, a joint enterprise of Baoli Asphalt and Bitumina companies, plans to buy small oil refineries in Russia's Far East in order to create a refinery grid with the parent enterprise in the city of Khabarovsk, Russian Ministry of Development of the Far East said in a statement Monday.

    The Ministry of Development of the Far East and Baoli Bitumina Singapore (joint enterprise of Baoli Asphalt and Bitumina) signed a memorandum last month, stipulating the construction of a bitumen-producing plant in the Russian city of Khabarovsk. The Chinese investment into the project is over $50 million. The bitumen plant will serve domestic and foreign markets, including China, Japan and Southeast Asia.

    “Before the construction of the plant in Khabarovsk, the company is seeking to buy small refineries owned by independent operators in different regions of Russia, which it will integrate into a production and supply chain with the main facility in Khabarovsk,” a statement released after the Russian ministry delegation’s visit to China, said.

    A cluster of refineries is also planned in Khabarovsk, which might be built using Chinese and other companies’ investments.

    According to the Russian Ministry of Development of the Far East, Baoli Bitumina Singapore also plans to invest around $200 million in modernizing harbour installations in one of the Russian Far East cities, with the aim of creating a special terminal specializing in oil and gas exports.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/business/20150406/1020545643.html#ixzz3WZIkJ3tc
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    Post  Viktor on Wed Apr 15, 2015 12:39 pm

    Nice thumbsup

    China is interested in purchasing several aircraft Tu-204
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    Post  Viktor on Wed Apr 22, 2015 9:58 pm

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    Russia, China Set up $200 Million Fund to Invest Into Space, Robotics, IT
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    Post  George1 on Mon May 04, 2015 1:49 pm

    China, Russia to sign a host of cooperation deals during Xi’s visit to Moscow

    Energy cooperation will top the agenda of a summit meeting between Russian President and his Chinese counterpart in Moscow, China’s Ambassador to Russia said

    BEIJING, May 4. /TASS/. China and Russia will sign a host of deals on energy, finances and investment during a visit by Chinese leader Xi Jinping to Moscow on May 8-10, Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Chen Gopin said on Monday.

    "Shortly before the scheduled visit by Xi Jinping, Chinese Vice-Premiers Wang Yang and Zhang Gaoli held meetings with their Russian counterparts and necessary preparations were made for the visit by China’s leader," the diplomat said.

    "The corresponding documents will be signed during the visit. They will relate to interaction in energy, aviation, finances, taxation and investment. The visit by Xi Jinping will give an impetus to further development of practical cooperation between Russia and China," the Chinese diplomat said.

    During the visit by the Chinese leader to Moscow, "meetings are planned with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a narrow and an enlarged format along with the document-signing ceremony," he added.

    The Chinese leader with also hold a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, the Chinese diplomat said.

    During the visit, the sides will sign a joint declaration on closer strategic and comprehensive interaction and partnership between Russia and China.

    Russia and China are likely to approve final documents on the project of the Russian-Chinese heavy helicopter and will also discuss a possibility for China to cooperate with the post-Soviet Eurasian Economic Union as part of China’s Silk Road transport corridor between Europe and Asia.

    Energy to top agenda of Putin-Xi meeting - Chinese ambassador

    Energy cooperation will top the agenda of a summit meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Moscow, China’s Ambassador to Russia Lee Huei said on April 29.

    Details of the documents that will be signed during the meeting "will become known closer to the visit by the Chinese leader to Russia somewhere two days before its start," he said.

    It is not ruled out that the Russian and Chinese leaders will discuss the prospects of concluding a bilateral agreement on gas supplies via the western route, China’s ambassador said.

    "Energy cooperation will be a major issue at the negotiations between our leaders," the Chinese diplomat said.

    Russian and Chinese companies are currently negotiating the terms of an agreement on gas supplies via the western route while an agreement on gas deliveries via the eastern route has already been signed, China’s ambassador to Moscow said.

    Russia’s gas supplies to China via western route

    Russia and China are expected to sign a contract on gas supplies along the "western route" to pump Russian natural gas from its West Siberian gas fields to its eastern neighbor.

    Gazprom Head Alexey Miller held talks in China on February 13 on Russian natural gas supplies via the western route. Miller said after the talks that the project of a gas pipeline to run along the western route was at an advanced stage of readiness for the commencement of its construction. Russia was preparing a new contract with China for the supply of 30 billion cubic meters of natural gas a year, the Gazprom head said at the time.

    Gazprom and China’s CNPC signed a framework agreement on November 10, 2014 on Russian natural gas supplies to China via the western route, using the Altai gas pipeline system. Direct supplies are scheduled to begin in 2019. The western route project will supplement Russia’s natural gas supplies to its eastern neighbor via the Power of Siberia pipeline.

    Russia’s gas supplies to China via eastern route

    The Power of Siberia gas pipeline estimated at over $21 billion is intended to pump 61 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually to the Russian Far East and China and will stretch over a distance of 3,968 km (2,465 miles).

    The pipeline is designed to pump natural gas from the giant Chayanda oil and gas condensate deposit in Yakutia in northeast Russia and the Kovykta gas condensate field in the Irkutsk Region in Eastern Siberia. The Power of Siberia will run along the operational East Siberia - Pacific oil pipeline, crossing marshlands, mountainous and seismically active areas.

    The gas pipeline’s first stage is scheduled to be commissioned in 2017.

    The Chayanda oil and gas condensate field in the Lensky district of Yakutia was discovered in 1989. The field, one of Russia’s largest undeveloped deposits, holds about 1.45 trillion cubic meters of natural gas and 93 million tons of liquid hydrocarbons. The field is expected to produce up to 25 billion cubic meters of natural gas and at least 1.5 million tons of oil annually.

    The Kovykta gas condensate deposit discovered in 1987 is located in the north of the Irkutsk Region. The deposit’s reserves are estimated at 1.9 trillion cubic meters of natural gas, 2.3 billion cubic meters of helium and 115 million tons of liquid gas condensate.
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    Post  Viktor on Fri May 08, 2015 9:16 pm

    Nice thumbsup

    Russia and China signed an agreement on information security

    "Helicopters of Russia" and China's AVIC signed a framework agreement

    BeiDou and GLONASS will operate in conjunction
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    Post  mutantsushi on Sat May 09, 2015 6:45 am

    I saw this story a few days ago but lost the link, here it was reposted at flightglobal...
    It's seemingly utilizing capital from the joint RU-CHI investment fund,
    and probably leveraging the overall recapitalization of UAC/Superjet program...???
    I would take it that thru this, SSJ would find more favor in CHI market as "domestically approved",
    ARJ-21 is hardly at the same level, at least on all but the shortest routes...
    Interesting to see how local production involvement might develop,
    possibly with future re-engine/re-wing, and/or with future 130-seat stretch...

    http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/new-russian-chinese-lessor-aims-for-100-superjets-412103/

    New Russian-Chinese lessor aims for 100 Superjets

    Russian and Chinese parties have tentatively agreed to establish a new leasing company for Sukhoi Superjet 100s which aims to build a fleet of 100 aircraft and focus on sales to Asia.

    The leasing company will be based in the Xixian in Shaanxi province.

    It is the subject of a four-way framework agreement between United Aircraft, Chinese company New Century International Leasing, plus a Russian-Chinese investment fund and Xixian’s local management committee.

    United Aircraft says that, under the pact, the joint lessor will acquire 100 Superjets worth $3 billion – more than twice the number of delivered airframes – over a three-year period.

    The local Chinese administration will support the plan by providing land on which to set up the required infrastructure for operating and maintaining the type.

    This infrastructure will include a flight-training and servicing centre, spares warehouses and possible interior fitting and painting facilities.

    United Aircraft president Yuri Slyusar says that the agreement has resulted from efforts to “rethink the approach” to marketing the Superjet internationally.

    He says that the agreement, which has been reached quickly, will strengthen the prospects for the Russian domestic civil aviation industry.

    Slyusar adds that the venture will result in a “highly-competitive” leasing operation allowing the Superjet to take a “significant share” of rapidly-developing aviation markets in China and south-east Asia.
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    Post  George1 on Mon May 11, 2015 2:24 pm

    Russian Troops to Take Part in Chinese Victory Day Parade

    Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu announced that Russian troops will participate in the Beijing victory parade devoted to the 70th anniversary of the World War II ending.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian troops will participate in the Beijing victory parade devoted to the 70th anniversary of the World War II ending, Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu said on Sunday after a meeting with Chinese top military official Fan Changlong.

    Changlong arrived in Russia with a delegation headed by China's President Xi Jinping to take part in celebrations devoted to the 70th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.

    "We gladly accepted the invitation by the minister of defense of the People's Republic of China to take part in celebrations on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of victory in World War II on September 3 this year. We agreed to send a subdivision of the Russian Armed Forces to the military parade," Shoigu said.

    The Russian minister thanked China for its troops' participation in the Moscow May 9 Victory parade.

    In early April, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced that Xi Jinping had invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit China in September when the country will mark the 70th anniversary of victory over Japan.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/military/20150511/1021975774.html#ixzz3Zpe3cZ9H
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    Post  flamming_python on Mon May 11, 2015 7:31 pm

    Chinese views on Russia

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    Post  coolieno99 on Wed May 13, 2015 1:59 am

    Chinese missile frigate(docked at Novorossiysk naval base) attracts 3,000 visitors in Russia during the 70th anniversary of the Great Patriotic War.

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    Post  ExBeobachter1987 on Wed May 13, 2015 2:46 pm

    Translation of Xi Jinping's op-ed in "Российская газета"

    To Remember History, To Open the Future

    by Xi Jinping

    On May 9th, Victory Day in the world war against fascism, at the invitation of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, I will visit Russia and take part in the celebrations in Moscow devoted to the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War. This sacred day I will celebrate together with the Russian people and the entire world.

    Everyone remembers that the aggressive wars begun by the fascists and militarists inflicted unprecedented damage and suffering on the peoples of China, Russia, and the countries of Europe, Asia, and other parts of the world. The relentless struggle between justice and evil, light and darkness, freedom and slavery, was joined by the peoples of China, Russia, and more than 50 other countries, as well as by all the other peace-loving peoples of the world, who stood up as one and formed a broad international anti-fascist and anti-militarist front. All these nations fought in bloody battles against the enemy, and in so doing defeated the most evil and brutal aggressors, bringing peace to the world.

    I remember, in March 2013, when I first visited Russia on a state visit, I laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier near the Kremlin walls. There was a depiction of a soldier’s helmet and a red banner on the tomb, and there burned an eternal fire, symbolizing the unbroken life and unwavering fearlessness of our fallen heroes. “Your name is unknown, your deeds are immortal.” They will never be forgotten by the Russian people, the Chinese people, or anyone else.

    China was the main theater of military operations in Asia during the Second World War. The Chinese people stood up before anyone else in the struggle against the Japanese militarists, waged the longest war, fought in the hardest conditions, and, like Russia, suffered the most enormous losses. The Chinese army and people fought stoically and persistently, locking down and destroying numerous contingents of the Japanese aggressors. At the cost of a huge national sacrifice – the lives of more than 35 million people – a great victory was finally won and an enormous contribution was made to victory in the world struggle against fascism. The exploits of the Chinese people in the war against the militarists, just like the exploits of the Russian people, will be immortalized forever in history and will never die.

    The Chinese and Russian peoples supported each other, helped each other, they were comrades in arms in the war against fascism and militarism, and built a friendship with each other forged with blood and life. In the most difficult times of the Great Patriotic War, many of the best sons and daughters of the Chinese people decisively joined in the battle against German fascism. Mao Anying – the eldest son of Chairman Mao Zedong – fought on many battles as a political officer of a tank company of the 1st Belorussian Front, up to the storming of Berlin. The Chinese fighter pilot Tang Duo, as deputy commander of a fighter company of the Soviet Army, distinguished himself in air battles against the fascist forces. Children of the leaders of the Chinese Communist Party and descendants of the fallen heroes of the Chinese Revolution, when studying at the Ivanovo international boarding school, despite that they were still only children, nonetheless went off to dig trenches, prepared Molotov cocktails, prepared food and clothes for the fighters, chopped trees, dug out potatoes, and looked after the wounded in hospitals. Apart from that, many of them regularly donated blood – 430 millilitres once per month for the soldiers at the front. The Chinese female journalist Hu Jibang, small and weak, underwent the entire war from the first day to the last, through bullets and fire, writing about the resilience and courage of the Soviet people, the barbarous cruelty of the fascist hordes, and the joy of the Russian soldiers and people in their times of triumph. It emboldened the armies and peoples of both countries, raising their will to fight to the end, to the final victory. Alongside the above heroes there are many other representatives of the Chinese people who contributed to the Great Patriotic War while remaining unknown soldiers.

    The Russian people gave the Chinese people valuable political and moral support in their war against Japanese invaders. This included large convoys of arms and war material. More than 2,000 Soviet fighter pilots joined the Chinese air force and helped in the air battles over China. More than 200 of them died in battles over Chinese soil. In the closing phase of the war, Red Army soldiers of the Soviet Union were sent to north-east China. Together with the Chinese army and people they fought against the Japanese militarists, which helped China tremendously in achieving final victory. The Chinese people will always remember the Russians, both soldiers and civilians, who gave their lives for the independence and liberation of the Chinese nation.

    The famous Russian historian Vasily Klyuchevsky said, that, having forgotten history, our soul can get lost in the darkness. To forget history is to commit treason. The Chinese and Russian peoples stand ready, together with all peace-loving countries and peoples, and with the automost determination and decisiveness, to oppose any actions or attempts to deny, distort, and rewrite the history of the Second World War.

    This year, China and Russia will hold a series of events to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Second World War. There will also be many other events conducted by the UN and other international and regional organizations. The purpose of these events and celebrations is to demonstrate our determination to defend the results of the Second World War, to protect international equality and justice, and to remind out contemporaries that it is necessary to preserve and guard the peace that was won for humanity at too high a price.

    The hard lessons of the Second World War tell people, that humanity’s coexistence is not subject to the laws of the jungle; that world politics is diametrically contradictory to belligerent and hegemonic power politics; and that the path of human development is not founded on the principle of “winner takes all” or in games with zero-sum outcomes. Peace – yes, war – no, cooperation – yes, confrontation – no, mutual gains are honored, while zero-sum results – are not: This is what constitutes the unchanging core and essence of peace, progress, and the development of human society.

    Today, mankind has unprecedentedly good opportunities for the realization of our goal – peace, development, and the formation of a system of international relations that is ever more strongly based on the spirit of cooperation and mutual benefits. “Unity – is strength, while self-isolation – is weakness.” Cooperation and the win-win principle should be adopted as the basic orientation of all countries in international affairs. We have to unite our own interests with the common interests of all countries, find and expand on the common points of interests of different parties, develop and establish a new conception of multilateral win-win, to always be ready to extend a helping hand to each other at difficult times, to partake together of rights, interests, and responsibilities, and to collectively collaborate to solve growing global problems such as climate change, energy security, cybersecurity, national disasters, and so on. In short, we are in it together on our planet Earth – the homeland of all humanity.

    The Chinese people and the Russian people – they are both great peoples. In the years of grief and misery, our indestructible camaraderie was cemented in place with blood. Today the peoples of China and Russian will hand in hand and shoulder to shoulder defend peace, promote development, and make their contributions to lasting world peace and human progress.

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