Fuel Shortages Spread into Central China – wires

Reuters and AP (via the International Herald Tribune) report on the fuel shortage currently hitting areas of China:

The worst Chinese fuel crisis in two years spread to the capital and other inland areas Wednesday, even as the country’s top refiner pledged to guarantee supplies to a market crippled by the gap between state-set pump prices and record crude markets.

The shortages in the country’s political heart, which escaped previous supply crunches unscathed, highlight rising tensions between the government and its increasingly independent oil firms about who should pay for the generous fuel subsidies in China. [Full text]

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