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Where China's energy is coming from

Overview

With 12.6% of proven global reserves (end-2005), China need look nowhere else for its supplies of coal - thus its preference for the black stuff. Its use of gas, renewables and nuclear energy remains relatively insignificant, compared to other energy forms. Oil is different. The forecast is that it will import 63-70 per cent of its oil needs by 2020. Hence the recent surge of major oil contracts abroad with Iran, Sudan, Angola, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.

But China needs to...

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