Russia and China deepen ties as Amur river neighbours await post-Covid reunion

Irish Times | Oct 13, 2021 at 8:00 PM
  • Before becoming a businessman and an official in Blagoveshchensk, a Russian city that faces China across the fast-flowing Amur river, Boris Beloborodov served here in the Soviet military.
  • Cargo traffic can still travel between Russia and China, but with strict controls, and the pandemic struck just as the two countries prepared to open their first ever cross-border road bridge, linking Blagoveshchensk and Heihe.
  • Major infrastructure projects including the Power of Siberia gas pipeline to China and the Vostochny cosmodrome 200km from Blagoveshchensk can also help improve economic prospects for Russia’s Far Eastern federal district.