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Russia deepens China ties with expanded energy exports

Doubling of coal trade aimed to supplant that with Australia

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping tour the Kremlin after their talks in Moscow in June 2019. (Kremlin via Reuters)

MOSCOW/BEIJING -- Eyeing an opportunity to strengthen energy exports to China, Russia has launched new ventures and pipelines that will deliver coal, natural gas and petrochemicals to the world's largest energy consumer.

One of these projects envisions doubling Russia's coal exports to China -- enough to replace imports from Australia, with which China's relations have deteriorated.  

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