April 16, 2014 4:45 pm
Mr Putin travels to Beijing next month. On the table will be a big deal for Russia to supply gas to China, which wants to diversify its energy mix away from coal and cut air pollution. If the west tightens sanctions, Moscow might look to China as an economic partner. Mr Xi could push for a lower gas price, investment opportunities across the Siberian border, and an enlarged Chinese role in Russia’s oil and gas sector.
The writer is China director of the research service Trusted Sources and author of ‘Will China Dominate the 21st Century?’