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China Set to Become Largest Net Oil Importer

The U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts that China is likely to become the world’s largest net oil importer as soon as October: The imminent emergence of China as the world’s largest net oil importer has...

Kunming PX Environmental Assessment Under Fire

Environmental groups have attacked the impact assessment report for a planned PX plant near Kunming, published late last month following major protests against the project. The report deemed risks from the plant...

China Takes Over Strategic Port in Pakistan

Chinese Overseas Port Holdings Limited took over management of the Pakistani port of Gwadar on Monday, amid suspicion of China’s growing presence in the Indian Ocean. From Reuters: China financed more than 80 percent of...

Obama Visit Shows U.S.-China Rivalry Over Myanmar

Little more than a year ago, there was talk of Myanmar (also known as Burma) as a “Chinese California”, offering China a west coast onto the Indian Ocean. Now, Coke and Pepsi billboards glare at each other across...

Chinese Bank Pulls out of Pakistan-Iran Pipeline

Following pressure from the U.S. and its allies, China is pulling back from its support for Iran. The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China has backed out of investing in a pipeline that would run from Iran through Pakistan,...

Pivoting Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire?

Obama’s foreign policy “pivot” has been described by The Australian’s Asia-Pacific editor, Rowan Callick, as the embrace of “a new positive narrative — engagement with economically vibrant and...

Burma "Could Become China's California"

Thant Myint-U writes on Burma’s place at a “new crossroads of Asia” between China and India. Tantalisingly for Beijing, it also separates China from the Indian Ocean, to which new roads, railways and pipelines...

Turkmenistan to Boost Gas Deliveries to China

China is preparing to sign a deal with Turkmenistan that will increase China’s imports of gas by about a third. From the AP: The deal means Turkmenistan’s annual gas sales to China will eventually reach 60 billion...

China Grapples with Dalian Blasts

The Wall Street Journal has an update on the oil pipeline explosion in Dalian: China National Petroleum Corp. said it would do all it could to limit the impact of a series of oil-pipeline explosions near the shipping and tourism...

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