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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...
Professor Stefan Hedlund
Russia has been playing a high-stakes political game in North East Asia using talks over a pipeline deal with South Korea and Seoul’s long-term enemy, North Korea, to enhance its bargaining position in talks with China. Moscow’s ambition is to move into the Chinese energy market and it hoped the Korea negotiations would coerce China into agreeing higher prices for ...