Energy: Is Russia just an energy resource for China?

Chinese staff at the end of the US$2.5 billion pipeline to Daqing in north east China inspect equipment (photo:dpa)
Chinese staff at the end of the US$2.5 billion pipeline to Daqing in north east China inspect equipment (photo:dpa)

The Russian energy map has undergone a huge change over the last 20 years for two reasons. China's stunning economic growth has produced a major market for energy. And Russia's main energy source has moved from Western to Eastern Siberia and the Russian Far East. GIS expert, Professor Stefan Hedlund explains in this briefing how China has used its economic power to get the energy supplies it needs.

CHINA has used its economic muscle to outflank competitors in an oil-for-loans deal with Russia which saw oil flowing from January, 2011, in an agreement covering supplies for 20 years.

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And China’s foothold in the Russian energy sector ...

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