The Moscow News: Tensions push Ukraine to look to Beijing

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July 16, 2012, 8:05 p.m. | Ukraine abroad — by The Moscow News

President Viktor Yanukovych meets Leader of China Hu Jintao. June 20, 2011.

With Russia turning its back and Europe giving it the cold shoulder, Ukraine is trying to hedge its bets with closer engagement with China. After the scuffles and fistfights that accompanied the debate on the Russian language law two weeks ago, the Ukrainian Parliament passed a bill that will considerably expand Chinese farming investments in the country. But the move could also boost China’s ability to influence developments in that country, which experts say is of far greater strategic importance to both Russia and Europe.

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