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Shunned by US and Europe, Putin works on making friends in the Asia-Pac

Strengthening ties with India, Pakistan, North and South Korea, and Asean also hedges its bets on China

Russian President Vladimir Putin and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi at their meeting in New Delhi on Dec 11, 2014, when the two leaders sought to improve cooperation in energy, defence and nuclear power.

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BOXED in by the US and its allies, faced with an uneasy relationship with China and needing new friends and income, Russia is popping up everywhere in Asia.

A new strategic agreement with Pakistan. A visit by Vladimir Putin to India. Helping search for a plane that