A “Chinese official delegation” to Russia-controlled Crimea in early March turned out to be composed of three Chinese traders who have worked for many years in Moscow’s wholesale markets

, reported Meduza, the Russian-language news site based in Latvia. Vadim Rabinovich, a pro-Russia Ukrainian Rada member, wrote on Facebook that the visit could be a “countermove” by Beijing in response to Ukraine’s nationalization of Motor Sich. Chinese investors in the aircraft engine factory are fighting the nationalization, with muted support from Beijing.