Are fuel shortages in China man-made? – Keith Bradsher

From the International Herald Tribune:

Sudden shortages of gasoline and diesel fuel in southeastern China have highlighted an ongoing debate over how quickly corporate influence and freedom of information are driving China toward a market-based economy.

Many service stations in southeastern China, notably in cities near Hong Kong, have abruptly run out of fuel this week, just as officials in Beijing are debating requests from domestic oil companies to charge more for diesel and gasoline.

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