State-company goals give China’s investment push unique features

Taking advantage of government concerns over energy security and investing overseas, the Chinese state oil companies are trying to diversify and globalize. They are expanding through investment for political survival, international profits, and full utilization of China’s technologies and labor force.Because goals for state oil companies vary and are not limited to the quest for international profit, China’s overseas oil and gas investment push has these unique features:Chinese energy investors can be aggressive in pursuing overseas investment and may overspend or promise too much just to secure a contract. For instance, Chinese companies have outspent rival bidders by large m...

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