Watching the World: China pursues nearby energy

Driven by concerns over stability, China is stepping up cooperation with its neighbors, aiming to secure supplies of oil and natural gas from regional sources instead of the Middle East.China is especially eager to secure deals to receive oil and gas from neighboring countries by pipeline because fixed routes lock suppliers into long-term relationships and Chinese leaders view pipelines as safer than delivery by sea.Last week, Chinese President Hu Jintao signed agreements with Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov for Turkmenistan to sell China natural gas and to build a pipeline to deliver it.Under terms of the agreements, China will purchase 30 billion cu m/year of natural gas from Turkm...

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