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China builds Caribbean energy ties in upstream, LNG and refining

In recent years, the country has been boosting its presence in the region although its steps remain cautious

China is expected to play an increasingly prominent role in the Caribbean’s energy business after deals in recent years have given it a beachhead in the region’s upstream, refining and liquefied natural gas (LNG) sectors. Beijing has sought to bolster ties with Trinidad and Tobago, the region’s major energy producer, in particular. When Trinidad and Tobago’s prime minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar visited China earlier this year, it was the first trip to the country from a Trinidadian head of state in more than 30 years. And energy relations were near the top of the agenda. The US has historically been Trinidad’s largest market for LNG, by far its most important export. But as demand for LNG

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