18 January 2018
Financial Times reports that Great Wall Industry it talking with NPO Energomash about the procurement of RD-180 engines, preferably as a licence or the full technology. Financial Times reports: "Energomash’s engine, the RD-180, is so highly rated that it is used by the US for its own satellite launches - a curious exception to Washington’s sanctions on Russia implemented following the 2014 invasion of Crimea."
Despite Russia's scepticism on the request for the procurement of the engine production technology, the talks do confirm the deepening ties between Russia and China.