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Russia’s Far East focus underlines warming ties with China 

Published Tue, Aug 30, 2022 · 04:00 PM

WHILE much of the world’s attention is on Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin’s ambition of restoring Russia’s international prominence goes well beyond Europe.

In resource-rich Africa, for instance, Moscow is looking to restore the influence that the Soviet Union had there. Meanwhile, in the Americas, Russia took part in August in war games in Venezuela, the home of the world’s largest proven oil reserves. Yet another example of Putin’s desire to assert power is the Russian Far East and Asia Pacific. The Russian leader has had meetings with successive Japanese prime ministers to try to foster joint economic activities in the disputed islands off Japa…

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