Moscow: Russia and China erected the first road bridge connecting the two nations on Friday, as Moscow shifts its focus to Asia in the midst of its conflict with the West over Ukraine.
The kilometer-long Amur River bridge connects the far eastern Russian city of Blagoveshchensk with Heihe in northern China.
The bridge’s construction was finished two years ago, however its opening was delayed owing to the coronavirus epidemic.
The bridge opened to freight traffic on Friday at a ceremony in Blagoveshchensk, with the first trucks being greeted with pyrotechnics.
According to government calculations, the bridge, which has two traffic lanes, cost roughly 19 billion rubles ($328 million).
Once fierce adversaries during the Cold War, Moscow and Beijing have increased political and economic collaboration in recent years, motivated by a desire to counteract what they regard as US global domination.
Trade between Russia and China, which share a 4,250-kilometer border, has boomed since the two countries normalised ties in the late 1980s, but has always been hampered by the region’s lack of transportation infrastructure.