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Chinese trade with Russia jumps 38% in January-February

Beijing seen extending economic hand to Moscow before Ukraine invasion

A crude oil tanker at Qingdao Port. Crude is one of China's key imports from Russia.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- Chinese trade with Russia ballooned 38.5% on the year in January and February, far outpacing Beijing's 15.9% increase in total trade for the period as the two countries have grown closer economically in recent months.

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