Watching the World: Putin coy in China

LONDON-Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Beijing last week on a visit that Chinese officials hoped would lead to a firm commitment over the route of an oil pipeline from Eastern Siberia. “We are full of confidence that the branch pipeline will be built,” said Chen Gang, chairman of China National Petroleum Corp., the country’s largest energy company.Chen was referring to the pipeline spur off the main line that China has been hoping for ever since Putin’s government cancelled a 2003 agreement to build a pipeline ending at Daqing, China’s oil capital in the northeast.That agreement ended after Japan offered a more attractive financial package to rero...

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