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Putin gives China energy boost

01.01.70

Vladimir Putin, seated on the left, watches a performance by a monk in Shaolin during his state visit to China. The Russian President, who has a black belt in judo, flew to Shaolin, the city said to be the birthplace of kung fu, before returning to Moscow.

During his visit, Mr Putin confirmed to Hu Jintao, the Chinese President, the opening of a gas pipeline from Russia to China within five years and pledged to construct a pipeline to bring Siberian oil to the booming Chinese economy. We should see various ways to co-operate in energy and resources, he said. We should work hard on the exploration of energy, such as oil and gas.

The two leaders also issued a 13-page declaration on building closer political ties in the hope of counterbalancing US global dominance. (AP)

Expert opinion

Halter Marek

02.12.06

Halter Marek
Le College de France
Olivier Giscard dEstaing

02.12.06

Olivier Giscard dEstaing
COPAM, France
Mika Ohbayashi

02.12.06

Mika Ohbayashi
Institute for Sustainable Energy Poliy
Bill Pace

02.12.06

Bill Pace
World Federalist Movement - Institute for Global Policy
Peter I. Hajnal

01.12.06

Peter I. Hajnal
Toronto University, G8 Research Group