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China turns to Russian gas to curb dependence on Quad members

Beijing and Moscow eye pipeline capacity equal to half European demand

The Atamanskaya compressor station for Power of Siberia, the only currently operational gas pipeline between Russia and China.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- Eager to no longer depend on geopolitical rivals like the U.S. and Australia for natural gas, China is forging ahead with new pipeline projects to boost imports from Russia.

Preparations for a new pipeline to the Russian island of Sakhalin are in full swing in China's border province of Heilongjiang despite still frigid temperatures. "Construction will pick up as soon as spring comes," said a source familiar with the project.

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