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    Kazakhstan-China oil pipeline to start operating this year - Kazakh leader

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    ASTANA, July 4 (RIA Novosti) - An oil pipeline between Kazakhstan and China will be operational in December this year, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev told a news conference Monday after talks with Chinese leader Hu Jintao.

    "Our cooperation today has reached a new level, the level of implementing major projects in practical terms," Nazarbayev said. He added that this was the first large-scale bilateral project the two countries had started together this century.

    The 988-kilometer long pipeline, which will be the second section of a Kazakhstan-China project estimated at an overall $700 million, will connect an oil-loading facility in the central Kazakh region of Karaganda with the Druzhba-Alashankou railroad terminal on the Chinese border.

    Nazarbayev also said the countries had reached an agreement on investigating sources of investment for the construction of a Kazakhstan-China gas pipeline

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