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‘Russia’s Mississippi’ — or China’s — just keeps rolling along

Dominic Ziegler travels the vast length of the Amur river that forms a natural (if uneasy) boundary between two world powers

9 January 2016

9:00 AM

9 January 2016

9:00 AM

Black Dragon River: A Journey Down the Amur River at the Borderlines of Empire Dominic Ziegler

Penguin, pp.368, £19.99, ISBN: 9781594203671

In 2014, Beijing and Moscow signed a US$400 billion deal to deliver Russian gas to Chinese consumers. Construction of the Power of Siberia pipeline began last summer on the banks of the Amur river, known in Chinese as the Black Dragon river. It marks a rapprochement between two powers who have warily eyed each other across the frigid water of the Amur, which forms the border, for more than three centuries.

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