Workers assemble solar panels on the factory floor of Chinese company Suntech in the eastern city of Wuxi. (PETER PARKS / AFP)

China solar makers seek talks to resolve trade dispute with US

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China’s biggest solar-panel makers are seeking talks to end a trade dispute with the U.S. before an American probe into the Asian country’s exports reaches an initial conclusion in June.
In this photo released by Vietnam Coast Guard, a Chinese ship, left, shoots water cannon at a Vietnamese vessel, right, while a Chinese Coast Guard ship, center, sails alongside in the South China Sea, off Vietnam's coast, in May. (AP Photo/Vietnam Coast Guard)

Vietnamese workers protest at Chinese factories

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Vietnam reacted angrily to the arrival of the deep sea oil rig on May 1 close to the Paracel Islands, which are controlled by China but claimed by Hanoi.
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In this photo released by Vietnam Coast Guard, a Chinese ship, left, shoots water cannon at a Vietnamese vessel, right, while a Chinese Coast Guard ship, center, sails alongside in the South China Sea, off Vietnam's coast, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Vietnam Coast Guard)

China insists it has right to put rig off Vietnam

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The United States warned both sides to de-escalate tensions and urged China to clarify its claims to the territory.

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Oil climbs as Ukraine fear outweighs China data

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The price of oil climbed above $100 a barrel Monday as escalating tensions in Ukraine outweighed a fourth month of contraction in China’s manufacturing.
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Shell plans Russian expansion with Putin support

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Shell CEO Ben van Beurden won a promise of support for the plan from President Vladimir Putin at a meeting at the Russian leader’s residence.

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A gas station stands near the headquarters of OAO Gazprom in Moscow. (Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg)

Putin expected to sign China gas deal as crisis forces hand

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Vladimir Putin is more likely to sign a 30-year deal to supply pipeline gas to China next month after more than a decade of false starts because the crisis in Ukraine is forcingRussia to look for markets outside Europe.
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Moody’s: New Chinese plants could hamper global refining earnings

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Cheap natural gas and oil supplies will give Gulf Coast refiners an edge in global markets, but over the next two years new plants coming online in China and the Middle East are poised to dampen worldwide demand for refined products like gasoline, according to a report released Monday.
TOTAL S. A. CEO Christophe de Margerie speaks at the IHS CERAWeek energy conference in Houston on March 4, 2014. (Mayra Beltran/Houston Chronicle)

Total plans to drill for shale gas with Sinopec in China

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Total SA plans to seek shale gas with China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. by drilling in Anhui province, moving the third-largest European oil company closer to exploiting Chinese reserves that are the world’s biggest. Total and Sinopec, as the Chinese refiner is known, will search for gas in the 4,000 square-kilometer (1,500 square mile) Xuancheng […]
An Indonesian National Search and Rescue Agency boat patrols the Malacca Strait off Aceh province located in the area of northern Sumatra island on March 12, 2014 in search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.  ( AFP PHOTOSTR/AFP/Getty Images)

Energy tie to Malaysian jet mystery? (video)

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Did an oil rig worker see the Malaysian jet going down?
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Oil drops to below $98 on China economy

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China’s drop in exports in February fueled worries of a further slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy.