Official: China will not affect world energy demand
Updated: 2007-04-25 15:34
Nairobi -- China's increasing energy demand will not affect world energy
security, said visiting top Chinese political advisor Jia Qinglin on Tuesday.
China has all along relied on itself in meeting its energy need since it
has abundant coal resources and great potential in oil and natural gas
exploration and development, Jia said.
"Over 90 percent of China's
energy demand is met through domestic supply," he said, adding that though
China's consumption of oil and gas is growing, its per capita consumption and
per capita import are low.
China's per capita import of oil and gas is
100 kg, while the world average is 400 kg, Jia said. China has strengthened
energy cooperation with Africa in recent years, which has become a new focus in
China-Africa business ties.
"This is an example of China and Africa
pursuing common development by drawing on their comparative strengths. China
needs overseas energy supply to improve the well-being of its people, while
Africa needs to translate its energy resources into competitive edges to promote
economic development,"Jia, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese
People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), told the opening ceremony of
the China-Kenya Economic and Commercial Cooperation Forum in Nairobi.
said stronger China-Africa energy cooperation is of great significance to
promoting global development of energy resources and safeguarding global energy
"Such cooperation is normal business practice on the basis of
equality, mutual benefit and the rules of market economy. It is totally
different from the plunder committed by colonialists in Africa," Jia said.
Kenya is the final leg of Jia's official good-will visit to four African
countries, which has already taken him to Tunisia, Ghana and Zimbabwe. He
arrived here Monday.
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