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Russia Opens Giant Gas Link to China as Putin Pivots East

  • Pipeline takes Russia-China cooperation to ‘new level’: Putin
  • Gazprom will supply 38 billion cubic meters of gas annually
Power of Siberia gas pipeline under construction.

Power of Siberia gas pipeline under construction.

Photographer: Aleksandr Semenov/Gazprom
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The world’s biggest natural gas exporter and one of the globe’s top consumers of the fuel cemented their energy cooperation on Monday with the launch of Russia’s giant Power of Siberia pipeline to northern China.

Gas started flowing toward China through the link, which has become a symbol of President Vladimir Putin’s pivot to the fast-growing economies of Asia as relations deteriorate with the West. The pipeline, which runs from Russia’s enormous reserves in eastern Siberia and will eventually be 3,000 kilometers (1,900 miles) long, will help satisfy China’s vast and expanding energy needs.