Five years ago, China and Russia signed a deal to build a pipeline together. A first part of the project was inaugurated Monday. Gas will eventually flow from eastern Siberia all the way to Shanghai.
The European Union must compromise to prevent further rapprochement between China and Russia. Without Moscow, Brussels will not survive in the global power struggle, says DW's Frank Sieren.
China and Russia's leaders opened the giant "Power of Siberia" pipeline project on Monday. The 3,000-kilometer pipeline has been hailed as a sign of the close friendship between two of the world's superpowers.
Washington pushes ahead with sanctions against the gas pipeline, claiming it strengthens Russia's grip on EU energy markets. In Germany the move is condemned as an "unfriendly act" to promote US commercial interests.
Forty years ago, East German workers helped construct the Druzhba gas pipeline running through the then-Soviet Union. Decades later they remain friends — and reminisce about their special connection to Ukraine.
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