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On the last day of 2004, Russia finally decided to route its oil pipelines in the Far East to the Pacific. It signifies the failure of the Angarsk-Daqing pipeline, which connects to China's Daqing, and the success of the Tayshet-Nakhodka pipeline, which leads to the Pacific.
In the past year, the oil pipeline, which is designed to carry 80 million tons of oil a year, churned the geoeconomic strategy in the entire East Asia region, triggering fierce triangle wrestling between China and Japan, China and Russia, as well as Japan and Russia in energy and political relations. Although the Tayshet-Nakhodka pipeline scheme finally won, as the fate of the oil pipeline, which will not be put into commercial operation until 2010, is determined, the wrestle for Russia's Far East oil has actually become a tie, without a big winner.