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...

Chinese Regions Face Severe Winter Power Shortage

Reuters reports fresh warnings of looming power shortages in southern and central China, as hydropower is pinched between growing demand for water and diminished supplies, and coal generation squirms between high fuel costs and...

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...

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...

New Gas Pipeline From Central Asia Feeds China

The New York Times has more about the new gas pipeline running from Turkmenistan to Xinjiang, which President Hu Jintao officially opened this week: The ambitious project runs 1,140 miles across three Central Asian nations to...

China’s President Hu Jintao Opens Kazakh Gas Pipeline

President Hu Jintao is in Central Asia celebrating the opening of a gas pipeline that run from Turkmenistan through Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan to Xinjiang. BBC reports: Mr Hu and Mr Nazarbayev together pressed a symbolic button...

China and Turkmenistan to speed up research on natural gas trade – Sun Yuting

From China News Agency via sina.com (in Chinese), translated by CDT (link): Visiting Turkmenistan President signed an agreement with Chinese President Hu Jintao in Beijing to expand cooperation between the two countries, especially in the energy sector. Concerned agencies from the two countries, the agreement says, will speed up the research and implementation of China-Turkmenistan […]

China gets gas and more from Turkmenistan – Bruce Pannier and Breffni O’Rourke

From Asia Times (link): Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov’s six days in China represent a long time for an authoritarian leader who is known to dislike leaving his presidential palace unoccupied for very long. The length of his stay, his third to China, highlights the importance that Turkmenbashi, as he is known, places on developing his […]



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