RUSSIA & CHINA DEAL
Russia's energy pivot toward Asia faces its sternest test early next month when President Vladimir Putin visits Beijing amid slumping oil prices and concerns over China's economic slowdown.
While Gazprom PJSC said on Aug. 18 that talks over a second natural gas supply contract with China are "showing good dynamics," the Beijing government damped Russian hopes that a deal will be signed on Putin's two-day trip starting Sept. 2.
China and Russia aren't targeting a deal during the visit as the more than 50 percent slump in crude over the past year complicates talks, Interfax news service reported Friday, citing…
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