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Its all in the details
The numbers may look impressive. Under careful coloration and presentation by state run media, a picture emerges of seamless unshakable frienship that can weather all. |
Yet the top energy man in China Zhang Guobao have some rather disparaging remarks about the Russians even before the state trip of his president.
Currently, the Sino-Russia pipeline question is one step forward, two steps back. Today is cloudy with a chance for sun while tomorrow is sunny with a chance for clouds just like a weather forecast. One moment Russia is saying they have made a decision, the next saying that no decision has been made.
To date, there has been no correct information. This is regrettable.
There has also been a lot of contact regarding natural gas exports to China. Russia has expressed a great deal of interest in exporting natural gas. Once during a visit to China, Energy Minister (Viktor) Khristenko asked China to provide a report detailing China's natural gas demand conditions and requirements. He said Russia was developing their natural gas plan and wanted China to provide him with a demand forecast, which China provided within the time period he specified.
However, even though there have been a lot of promises expressing Russia's interest in exporting natural gas to China, in truth no real progress has been made....
In my opinion, though both sides have had developments in energy cooperation and communication, in reality there have been few results. The one exception is in crude oil talks, where the two sides have agreed to purchase 7 mln tons of crude oil shipped by rail. For the other aspects, it is still only talk.
By all accounts, this trip around, China haven't got the energy deal that it needs.
Russia is going ahead with its gas and oil pipeline to Japan. Its relying on rail delivery for the Chinese market.
[ Last edited by diaboloist at 2007-4-4 02:58 PM ]