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Russia launches gas supplies to China via Power of Siberia pipeline

SOCHI, Russia, Dec 2 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday formally launched the start of natural gas supplies to China via the Power of Siberia pipeline, a move he said would help trade between the two countries reach $200 billion by 2024.

The pipeline was launched at a televised ceremony watched by Putin and China's President Xi Jinping via video link. (Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin in Sochi and by Ekaterina Golubkova and Maria Kiselyova in Moscow; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Andrew Osborn)