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On 9 November, during President Putin’s visit to Beijing, another package of Russian-Chinese agreements regarding the energy sector was signed.
The end of the Western military presence in Central Asia will mean the West’s influence on the security sphere in the region will be marginalised.
In the name of reducing Russia’s dependence on economic ties with the West, Kremlin is willing to pay a high economic price.
The signing of the 30-year contract ends the long negotiation process initiated in the 1990s.
The course and results of the Putin's visit seem to suggest that Russia will have to come to terms with being the ‘junior partner’ of China.