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Just the present Beijing wanted

Christmas has come early for China this year, according to state media. That’s because of a rather unusual ‘gift’: a new gas pipeline, which formally opened on Monday.

At 1,833km, it is longest pipeline in the world, snaking through Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. It will transport 40 billion cubic metres of gas annually – the equivalent of half China’s current gas consumption. So it certainly makes for a better Yuletide gift than a pair of socks.

The gas originates in Turkmenistan, and its president Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov goes for a much grander analogy. He says the pipeline “will revive the ancient silk road, which was once a conduit for the exchange of goods between Asia and Europe.”


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