Russia to start sending gas to China in landmark deal

Across China's coal-burning northeastern provinces, pipelines are being laid, contracts are being signed and coal-fired boilers being ripped out ahead of the arrival next week of the country's first piped natural gas from Russia. Russia is set to tap a potentially enormous new natural-gas market outside Europe when its state-run Gazprom opens the 3,000 kilometer Power of Siberia pipeline and starts feeding China with blue fuel.