Officials said Beijing and Doha would cooperate in crude oil and natural
gas production over the next year.
They said the cooperation would include
joint ventures in China, which has sought to expand its output.
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"Both sides talked about planned joint venture projects in China between
China National Petroleum Corp. and Qatar Petroleum," the Chinese government
said in a statement on Jan. 13.
The cooperation agreement was reached during the recent visit by Qatari Energy
Minister Abdullah Bin Hamad Al Attiyah to Beijing. Officials
said Qatar has been negotiating a proposal to supply China with seven
million tons of liquefied natural gas.