J.Lo Turkmenistan Gig Shines Light on Chinese Oil Firm

A performance by Jennifer Lopez for Turkmenistan’s leader Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow has provoked accusations that the singer helped to paper over human rights abuses. But with the concert organized in part by the China...

Hexie Farm (蟹农场): The Nationalists Go Quack Quack

For the latest instalment in his CDT series, cartoonist Crazy Crab of Hexie Farm shows a flock of ducks mounting an anti-sushi protest outside the famous Quanjude Peking roast duck restaurant. They brandish placards reading...

China Urged to Halt Myanmar Dams

Burmese dissident groups have appealed to China to stop work on a number of dam projects which have been fuelling conflict in the north of the country. From The Wall Street Journal: Dissidents had been stepping up their...

China and Russia Circling Around Trillion-Dollar Gas Deal

Hu Jintao’s visit to Moscow this week saw a push to conclude a gas deal between the world’s largest energy producer and its largest consumer. The 30 year deal, potentially worth a trillion dollars, would see up to 70...

Warmer Ties For Russia, China With Big Gas Deals

From AP: Russia and China are closing in on a mammoth energy deal which could insure that Beijing has the fuel to run its factories and cities and Moscow has a vast new market for its natural gas empire. Russian Prime Minister...

China Is Said to Plan Strict Gas Mileage Rules

Following President Obama’s announcement for stricter gas mileage in the US, China is imposing even stricter requirements. From the New York Times: The new plan would require automakers in China to improve fuel economy by...

Japan Says China’s Gas Drilling ‘Regrettable’

According to Japanese officials, China violated an agreement it had brokered with Japan in 2008 to jointly develop gas fields in the East China Sea. From Reuters: Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone said China had been drilling...

China’s Cars, Accelerating Global Demand for Fuel

From The Washington Post: Nodding his head to the disco music blaring out of his car’s nine speakers, Zhang Linsen swings the shiny, black Hummer H2 out of his company’s gates and on to the spacious four-lane road....

China: Welcome Gas Guzzlers

A sober commentary looking at China’s newfound love for oil guzzling SUVs and its consequences. Translated by CDT from the Beijing News. China, the second largest petroleum consumer behind only the United States, increased...

China, Japan Fail Again To Resolve Gas Dispute

China and Japan failed again to reach an agreement over an undersea natural gas field, although Beijing and Tokyo said that they were trying to improve relations. From Reuters: About a dozen rounds of official-level talks...

Xinjiang Leads China in Oil, Gas Production for 1st Time in 2007 – Xinhua

From Xinhua: Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in northwest China has for the first time outstripped Heilongjiang Province, in the northeast, as China’s top natural gas and oil producer. Latest data from four major northwestern oil and gas bases revealed that Xinjiang produced 26.4 million tons of crude oil and21.2 billion cubic meters of gas last […]

Kazakhstan And China Sign Pipelines Deal – Isabel Gorst

From Financial Times: Kazakhstan and China have agreed to build pipelines to carry oil and gas from fields near the Caspian Sea, one of the world’s most promising new oil provinces, to China. “The Caspian will be linked to western China,” Nursultan Nazarbayev, the president of Kazakhstan, said after a meeting with Hu Jintao, the […]

BP Report Says World Energy Use Rose 2.4% in 2006, China up 8.4% – Pablo Gorondi

China’s energy consumption has risen to 15% of total global energy consumption. China’s use of gas, coal, and nuclear energy rose in 2006, and Beijing is launching a new campaign to decrease wasteful energy use in Chinese cities. From the San Diego Union Tribune: World energy consumption rose 2.4 percent last year, slowing from a […]

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 […]

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