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Cleaning up China's energy supply

China's energy economy represents more than just a vast opportunity for the resource industries. The country's need for fuel is set to become one of the biggest geo-strategic issues of our times, writes Conal Walsh

EVEN at a cursory glance, China's energy map is remarkable. The world's fastest-growing large economy produces five times as much electricity as it did 20 years ago. It consumes twice as many barrels of oil today as it did at the start of this decade. And it is engaged in the biggest programme of power-station construction in history. But the sheer size of China's energy economy, and the breathtaking speed with which it is developing, represents more than simply a large opportunity for the resource industries. Just as the government's obsession with securing future oil and gas supplies and safeguarding economic growth is driving Chinese diplomacy, so the rest of the world is increasingly de

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