President Xi Jinping joins Russian President Vladimir Putin for a photo op in Ufa. Russia has further opened up its own economy to Chinese investment. Photo: AFP

Russia holds the door to Central Asia open for China

Raffaello Pantucci says to a region in need, the Chinese offer of funds and expertise is too attractive to resist, as agreements at the Moscow-hosted BRICS and SCO meetings show

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President Xi Jinping joins Russian President Vladimir Putin for a photo op in Ufa. Russia has further opened up its own economy to Chinese investment. Photo: AFP
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