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Women working at a plant in the Rason special economic zone on the borders of North Korea, China and Russia (photo: dpa)

China upstages Russia over control of north east Asia

Russia and China are locked in a battle for influence in north east Asia, centred on transporting both goods and energy resources. Moscow faces a major problem - pipelines and land transport to prosperous South Korea must pass through North Korea, an unpredictable and unstable nuclear power where its leader, Kim Jong-un had his uncle and mentor executed in December on charges or treason. Russia is being effectively held hostage by North Korea, and seems incapable of breaking free.

<em>Russia's President Vladimir Putin visited Seoul in November for talks with his South Korean counterpart, Park Geun-hye, as part of th...

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
South Korean investors have repeatedly lost money in Russian ventures, and the Kremlin’s arrogant attitude in seeking to play regional capitals off against each other has caused much resentment
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