Russia wants to unite with China to build the Arctic sea route, said the ambassador in Beijing.
Moscow recently presented an ambitious program to build new ports and other infrastructure to increase freight traffic across the Arctic. This route is also known as the Northern Sea Route.
The construction of the Power of Siberia-1 pipeline, also known as the Eastern Route, is expected to end on December 10. According to it, up to 38 billion cubic meters of gas will be supplied to China annually.
The deal regarding the Power of Siberia-2 (also known as the Western Route) will only strengthen the energy alliance between China and Russia. In recent years, the melting of the polar ice expands the prospects for shipping and opens up access to valuable natural resources, and countries bordering the Arctic are increasingly persistent in their territorial claims.
Moscow, and it owns about 50% of the entire Arctic coastline, is stepping up efforts to develop the region, which in the future could become another major source of gas supplies to China.
Beijing has been carrying out research and expeditions since the 1990s, and has already become an influential newcomer to the region.
In recent years, his interests have focused mainly on shipping, commerce and natural resources.
Doors to Chinese investors opened tensions in Moscow’s relations with the West. At the same time, Russia’s role as the largest energy supplier has been strengthened thanks to China’s struggle for a cleaner environment: Beijing is increasingly relying on gas to stop burning coal.
Moscow’s ambitions in the Arctic, as well as Beijing’s growing role, are of concern to other Arctic countries and environmentalists alike.