China Seeks North American Energy Reserves, Know-How

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"China's appetite for overseas energy assets remains as strong as ever despite its current economic slowdown. Weaker oil prices and a resolve to capture technologies China needs to unlock its own sizable but hard to extract reserves are powerful incentives for its energy companies to snap up foreign producers."

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Associated Press, Elaine Kurtenbach

Offshore Chinese energy giant CNOOC's $15 billion offer for Canadian oil and gas producer Nexen Inc. is strategically calibrated to win regulatory approval—unlike its failed 2005 attempt to buy Unocal.

The deal announced Monday shows China's appetite for overseas energy assets remains as strong as ever despite its current economic slowdown. Weaker oil prices and a resolve to capture technologies China needs to unlock its own sizable but hard to extract reserves are powerful incentives for its energy companies to snap up foreign producers.

Back in 2005, protests that the sale of Unocal might jeopardize U.S. national security prompted CNOOC Ltd. to withdraw its $18.5 billion bid.

"The main problem for Chinese companies buying American companies is always not the price, but the politics," said Sun Chong, an analyst at Sinolink Securities, based in Shanghai . . .View Full Article

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