China and Russia Part 4

China, Russia Mounting Growing Challenge to US in Africa

March 07, 2018

  • China and Russia are working to expand their influence across Africa, hoping to outspend or out-compete the United States, U.S. officials warn, describing it as part of a larger effort by both countries to reshape the world order. Concerns about China’s ever-expanding reach into Africa are not new. U.S. intelligence warned this past September (2017) that Beijing’s first overseas military base, at Doraleh, in the east African nation of Djibouti, was likely to be the first of many.

Russia remains China’s top oil supplier as pipeline expands

February 24, 2018

  • Russia remained the top crude oil supplier to China in January, data showed, beginning 2018 on a strong note after the start-up of an expanded trans-Siberia pipeline and as Beijing released more crude import quotas to independent refiners. Angola and Iraq took the second and third positions for the month, leapfrogging Saudi Arabia, which was the second-largest supplier to China in 2017. Russian supplies came in at 5.67 million tonnes, or 1.34 million barrels per day (bpd), up 23.4 percent from a year earlier, data from the Chinese General Administration of Customs showed on Saturday.

Russia and China vie to beat the US in the trillion-dollar race to control the Arctic

6 Feb 2018

  • Call it a new cold war: Russia, China and the United States all vying for influence and control in a part of the world that, this time, is quite literally cold. With more than half of all Arctic coastline along its northern shores, Russia has long sought economic and military dominance in part of the world where as much as $35 trillion worth of untapped oil and natural gas could be lurking. Now China is pushing its way into the Arctic, announcing last month its ambitions to develop a “Polar Silk Road” through the region as warming global temperatures open up new sea lanes and economic opportunities at the top of the world.

China and Russia May Take Over the Top of the World With New ‘Polar Silk Road’ Through the Arctic


  • China unveiled its ambitions to develop a “Polar Silk Road” through the Arctic, joining a multinational race to seize on historic opportunities in an icy, resource-rich region that’s becoming increasingly accessible due to climate change. The Chinese State Council Information Office published Friday a white paper titled “China’s Arctic Policy,” a document detailing Beijing’s desire to get involved in opening shipping routes, harvesting resources, and investing in tourism, conservation and scientific exploration in the once–largely restricted 5.5 million square miles north of the Arctic Circle. China said it wished to achieve its goals in cooperation with other involved nations, including Russia, which has largely dominated efforts to traverse the Arctic region.

Trump’s defense strategy sees China and Russia as biggest threats

January 19, 2018

  • The Pentagon now sees China and Russia as “the central challenge” facing the US military, according to the unclassified pages of the Trump administration’s new National Defense Strategy. The majority of the strategy is classified and will help drive budgetary decisions in the years ahead, with the document saying that the challenges from Russia and China “require both increased and sustained investment” in defensive capabilities.

Russia begins delivery of S-400 air defense missile systems to China – report

18 Jan, 2018

  • Moscow has begun the delivery of the S-400 Triumf air defense missile systems to China under the 2014 contract, TASS said, citing a source in the military cooperation system. “The implementation of the contract has begun, the first shipment has been sent to China,” the source said on Thursday. The shipment reportedly includes a control station, a radar station, energy and support equipment, spare parts, various tools and other elements of the S-400 system. The contract with China stipulated neither technology transfer nor licensed production, according to the source. Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation has not commented on the report.

TV crime drama a hit in China


  • The 31-episode TV drama, Operation Moscow, aired on a local Chinese television station and several online video platforms on Jan. 8. It quickly went viral, scoring 8 out of 10 points on Douban, a popular Chinese movie rating platform. The first 10 episodes were viewed online more than 130 million times. Operation Moscow is based on an actual case in 1993. Chinese police launched a cross-border manhunt after criminals from several gangs conspired and committed rape and robbery on a Moscow-bound train from Beijing.

China thinks big in backing Russian Arctic LNG project

December 18, 2017

  • China clearly had its own growing appetite for energy resources in mind. But almost certainly, it also factored in future development opportunities and the use of the Northern sea route along the Russian Arctic. “A fantastic sight,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Dec.8, when asked what he thought of the airfield in the Yamalo-Nenets village of Sabetta, where the plant is situated. Putin said he was confident the next phases of the plant would proceed quickly.

China, Russia wrap up anti-missile drills simulating ‘sudden and provocative attacks’

17 December, 2017

  • China and Russia have finished a week of joint anti-missile drills simulating “sudden and provocative attacks” from an unspecified source, the Chinese defence ministry said on Sunday. The computer-simulated exercise, dubbed Airspace Security 2017, wrapped up on Saturday in Beijing, the defence ministry said in a statement. The People’s Liberation Army Air Force and Russian Aerospace Forces carried out drills in combat planning, commanding, firefighting coordination and other anti-missile operations, it said.

Russia Urges India to Back China’s Belt and Road Initiative

December 11, 2017

  • Russia threw its weight behind China’s massive Belt and Road plan to build trade and transport links across Asia and beyond, suggesting to India on Monday that it find a way to work with Beijing on the signature project. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said New Delhi should not let political problems deter it from joining the project, involving billions of dollars of investment, and benefiting from it.

Russia-China real gold standard means end of US dollar dominance

9 Dec, 2017

  • The BRICS counties are considering starting an internal gold trading platform, according to Russian officials. When this happens, the global economy will be significantly reshaped, and the West will lose its dominance, predicts a precious metals expert. “We have to put the BRICS initiative into a broader context. It is just part of a geopolitical tectonic shift which started decades ago. We have seen a constant outflow of physical gold from the West to the East. At the same time, the West has lost the economic war, and as a consequence, the focus now turns to the financial system. China dominates the world economy and has displaced the US as the world’s most formidable economic powerhouse,” he told RT.

China, Russia Deploying ‘Sharp Power’ to Quietly Penetrate Democracies

December 7, 2017

  • China and Russia have spent billions of dollars over the past decade on state-run propaganda campaigns disguised as commercial ventures in an effort to shape public opinion and policy debates in democracies around the world, according to a new report by the National Endowment for Democracy. To accomplish this, Beijing and Moscow have deployed a diverse array of tools, including people-to-people exchanges, cultural activities, educational programs, and the development of media enterprises with global reach.

Russia-China bond market play could kick-start new dollarless financial system

4 Dec, 2017

  • The Moscow stock exchange will soon issue nearly $1 billion-worth of yuan-denominated bonds. It could become the start of a new financial system not based on the US dollar, analysts say. Russia will issue the 6 billion yuan (about $900 million) bonds with a five-year maturity in December or January. The Central Bank says it is testing the water for future investments.

Russia cements position as China’s largest oil supplier

24 Nov, 2017

  • Statistics from the China General Administration of Customs shows Russia held the crown as the country’s top crude oil supplier for the eighth month in a row in October, exporting more than one million barrels per day (4.649 million tons). Exports of Russian oil to China have more than doubled over the past six years, up by more than 550,000 barrels per day. The Saudi share of Chinese crude imports at the beginning of the decade was about 20 percent, while Russia’s was below seven percent.

Russia, China to Pool Efforts to Develop Combined HIV Vaccine


  • Over 90% of HIV cases in Russia were caused by HIV-1 strains belonging to the East European variety of Subtype A that differed greatly from HIV-1 strains prevalent in West Europe and North America, as well as in African countries. The combined vaccine includes a Russian DNA component and a Chinese protein (booster), Prof Andrei Kozlov of the SPbPU Molecular Virusology and Oncology Laboratory, told RIA Novosti.

Russia, China to Hold Drills Practicing Response to Ballistic Missile Strikes


  • Russia and China continue military cooperation amid the growing number of drills in the East Asian region. The Russian Defense Ministry has announced that joint military computer drills with China during which the armies will practice measures in the event of “accidental and provocative ballistic missile strikes.” According to the ministry, the main goal of the joint drills set to take place in Beijing from December 11-16 is to work out the response to sudden and provocative attacks against the territories of China or Russia with the use of ballistic or cruise missiles.

China and Russia: Digging the US Dollar’s Grave

7 November 2017

  • China and Russia do not seek to attack the dollar to destroy it, but to create an independent alternative reserve currency for other nations. China, the only country with enough weight to challenge U.S. financial hegemony, has just announced through its People’s Bank a payment versus payment, PVP, system for transactions in Russian rubles and Chinese yuans so as to reduce the influence of the U.S. dollar on international transactions.

Communist parties of Russia, China publish new book on Lenin to mark centenary of October Revolution


  • The Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF) and the Communist Party of China (CPC) have jointly published a new book on Vladimir Lenin to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution. “The Wind of October,” a memoir of the Russian leader with rare photographs, was presented at the 19th International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties in St. Petersburg on Thursday.

Russia Rating Agency to Cooperate With Leading Chinese Research Firm


  • Russia’s Analytical Credit Rating Agency plans to sign a pact with China’s leading researcher Golden Credit Rating International, ACRA’s chief executive told reporters Thursday. “This will be the world’s largest bilateral rating partnership in terms of coverage, market size, and the size of the agencies involved,” ACRA CEO Ekaterina Trofimova said.

Russia and China are talking about linking currencies to end the US dollar’s dominance

Nov. 1, 2017

  • Russia and China were considering linking their national payment system, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday, as he called for a more balanced global finance structure. Noting the rise of China’s Unionpay system and Beijing’s efforts to internationalize its currency, the yuan, Medvedev told a press conference in Beijing that Russia was developing its own payment system, known as Karta Mir.

China, Russia agree to further cooperation


  • China and Russia signed nearly 20 deals Wednesday in areas including investment, energy and space exploration. The deals came after the 22nd regular meeting between the heads of government of China and Russia held in the Great Hall of the People, Beijing.

China, Russia to hold anti-missile drill: spokesperson


  • Chinese and Russian militaries will hold a joint anti-missile drill based on computer simulations this year, according to the Chinese Ministry of National Defense. “Chinese and Russian militaries have been in close collaboration this year. We will continue working together to further bilateral relations,” said Ren Guoqiang, the ministry spokesperson, at a routine press conference held Thursday.

Snow Dragon’s Flight: China Goes to the Arctic With Russia


  • With China prioritizing the use of the Arctic transport routes as part of its One Belt, One Road megaproject, and having signed a raft of agreements with Russia on the joint exploration of the Arctic region, a RIA correspondent looks at the prospects of this very promising cooperation. Vladimir Ardaev (RIA Novosti): During Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent visit to Russia, the two countries issued a joint declaration underscoring the importance of their collective development of the Northern Sea Route.

Russian-Chinese passenger jet to take on Boeing & Airbus

26 Sep, 2017

  • A wide-body passenger aircraft being developed by Moscow and Beijing could make its maiden flight in 2025, according to the first Vice President of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation Aleksandr Tulyakov. “We are in the development stage with our Chinese partners of a very complex and serious segment – a wide-body long-haul aircraft,” he said, adding the “project’s life cycle will be 40-50 years.” The project is part of a reported $13 billion aviation cooperation deal signed in 2014 during President Vladimir Putin’s visit to China.

Chinese investments in Russia grow as ties get closer

8 Sep, 2017

  • Economic relations between Russia and China have been steadily improving with the countries working on several joint projects, according to the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) CEO Kirill Dmitriev. Last year saw a 12 percent growth in Chinese direct investment in Russia, he said in an interview with the Xinhua news agency. “Despite the positive dynamics of mutual investments, we nevertheless believe that there are ways and instruments to stimulate investment between Russian and Chinese companies,” said Dmitriev.

China’s Major Online Travel Agency Plans to Launch Russian-Language Website


  • CEO of the world’s second largest online travel agency by market capitalization Ctrip, based in China, praised the increase in Russia-China tourism this year and said her company intended to launch a Russian-language website in an interview with Sputnik on the BRICS summit sidelines. “The Russian government was very smart in lifting visa restrictions for Chinese citizens. These people have lots of money, they want to spend it in Russia, it creates job opportunities. So I am very positive about travel between Russia and China,” Sun said.

Number of Chinese Projects in Russia’s Far East to Double Over 2 Years


  • The number of Chinese investment projects in the Russian Far East will be doubled over the next two years due to the activities of the Russian center for attracting and supporting Chinese investments, Aleksander Osipov, the first deputy minister for the development of the Russian Far East, told Sputnik on Friday. According to the first deputy minister, the center should provide a comfortable service for those who have interest in investing. He noted that it is necessary that both the Russian and Chinese sides were taking suitable measures to support their projects.

Russia & China plan joint production of at least 200 heavy lift helicopters

31 Aug, 2017

  • Russia’s state hi-tech corporation Rostec says a contract for a joint project with China to produce an Advanced Heavy Lift (AHL) helicopter may be signed by the end of the year. “At least 200 heavy lift helicopters are planned to be built in China. This is an estimated market volume. These helicopters will possibly be exported,” said Victor Kladov, Rostec’s International Cooperation, and Regional Policy Director. He explained the cooperation as “technological partnership,” with China responsible for the helicopter’s design and production and Russia acting as a technical partner.

China, Russia freight train delivers success, 17,000 tons of cargo


  • With a long whistle, a freight train coded X8426 and loaded with electronic products, garment and machinery left southern China’s city of Guangzhou Saturday morning, heading for Vorsino, Kaluzhskaya Oblast in Russia. The Guangzhou-Russia freight train was inaugurated a year ago. Over the past year, a total of 43 trains have run on the route, delivering more than 17,000 tonnes of products, worth 236 million U.S. dollars, from Guangzhou to Russia. It takes the train 15 to 18 days to reach Vorsino, about 10 days less than the sea-rail transport service, and 25 days less than a ship. The costs are just one-third of air transportation.

China, Russian defence groups expand ties

24 August 2017

  • The China Electronics Technology Group (CETC) and Rostec, Russia’s defence industrial holding company, have expanded their industrial partnership through a teaming arrangement established between subsidiaries of the two groups. Rostec said in a press release on 23 August that through a new agreement its subsidiary JSC Ruselectronics will collaborate with CETC’s Nedi Technology. Both subsidiaries specialise in producing electronic components for military and commercial applications.