Snafus mar Russia and China's marriage of convenience

China’s burgeoning investment in Russia’s infrastructure is bolstering cross-border trade, but such state-led largesse comes with strings attached and China has the upper hand in talks

Snafus mar Russia and China's marriage of convenience

When a $27 billion liquefied natural gas plant in the Russian Arctic came online in December, the first symbolic shipment from the Yamal peninsula was supposed to sail to China, instead it went to the UK.

The public relations snafu is one of the more high-profile illustrations of how growing trade between Russia and China has been hindered by blunders and misunderstandings.

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