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Mixed fortunes

While the world's attention is drawn to burgeoning energy-demand statistics in China and India, Petroleum Economist asks how those countries' neighbours in Southeast Asia are aiming to meet their own supply needs. Derek Brower reports

CHINA AND India are not the only Asian countries that need more oil and gas to feed growing economies. In the four countries covered below – Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam – strong economic growth is bringing with it robust growth in demand for energy. How those countries are managing that demand, both from their own population and larger neighbours, varies from the import problems of Indonesia – paradoxically a member of Opec whose most important export could soon be coal – to the export ambitions of Vietnam, a country on the right side of the supply and demand equation. Indonesia The country's problem is managing transition, with its economy in a different cycle to that of its

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