Unease at the border: Russia and China seek to downplay Covid-19 outbreak in Suifenhe


Handling of Chinese nationals trying to flee Russia has created strains between allies as they boast of new ‘strategic partnership’

As soon as Jie Zhongfeng learned about her roommate who recently returned to China contracting Covid-19, she booked a flight from Moscow to Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East and paid another 300 yuan (about $42) to schedule a bus ride to the Chinese border city of Suifenhe.

Dressed in full-body protective suit, masks and gloves, Jie did not eat or drink for more than 20 hours during her journey for fear of infection.

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