Russia and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced on Friday a deal to purchase Astroturt, the company that manufactures the state-of-the-art Russian-made Astroturburf that the United States has spent billions of dollars trying to halt.
The deal is likely to be the biggest geopolitical coup for Mr. Xi in the run-up to his Communist Party congress this month.
It is also a milestone for the two nations that have become key players in the global climate change debate, with both nations pressing for tighter controls on greenhouse gas emissions.
Xi’s move comes as the United Nations and other international bodies are reviewing how best to curb climate change.
Mr.’s plan comes at a time when both Russia and Beijing are battling for influence in the world.
China, which has a growing influence in Europe, is a major supplier of solar panels, power-generating equipment and other energy products to Europe, while Russia is a key producer of coal, cement and steel.
Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, has repeatedly said the two countries are closer than ever to forming a single world market, a goal Mr. Putin says would be a “game-changer.”
Astrotuff has developed a range of products including solar panels and other solar panels.
Astroturof’s website describes its technology as “a new wave of technology that uses the sun’s energy for solar energy generation and storage, as well as solar energy storage.”
A U.S. government official familiar with the matter said the Chinese and Russian governments have agreed to a $1.7 billion deal to sell the company.
“The Chinese government is looking at buying the company for its investment in developing the technology,” the official said.
The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said Astrotusturf’s sales representatives will continue to work with the Chinese government.
A spokeswoman for Astroturde said the company’s chairman and chief executive are not expected to leave the country.
The announcement of the sale of Astroturne came as the Trump administration is grappling with the fallout from Mr. Trump’s decision to withdraw the United Kingdom from the Paris climate change accord, a move that could cost hundreds of billions of euros in U.K. government funding.
The move has also sparked protests in the United Arab Emirates and China.
In response, the White House on Friday urged other nations to support a U.N. climate agreement to cut emissions and increase investment in clean energy.
The Chinese government has said it would be happy to sell its technology, but it has said its focus remains on building up its own solar industry.
Astoturf, founded in 1988, is one of the world’s most famous products and is the industry’s dominant producer of the technology.
The company has developed products ranging from solar panels to energy-efficient vehicles and air purifiers.
Asturfturn, which was founded in 1996, is the world leader in solar energy.
Astuturf is a subsidiary of China’s State Grid, which is controlled by Mr. Wang, the Chinese president.
Astrufturn has about 100 employees in the U.A.E., according to a statement on its website.
“Astroturftound has a good business relationship with both China and Russia and has the ability to bring value to AstrotURF and Astrotuturn’s respective markets,” the statement said.
In an interview on CNN on Friday, Mr. Zhou, who has been a major figure in the company since the 1990s, said the deal would help China and the United Asian countries, which both have large solar markets, to get closer to one another.
“China has a lot of experience with solar and wind and energy and this is a way for us to make the market stronger in the region,” Mr. Zhang said.