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Asian Petroleum Review : Jan-March 2011
3 Thomson Reuters Asia Petroleum Review Editor's Note A MESSAGE FROM JONATHAN LEFF Welcome to the second Thomson Reuters Asia Petroleum Review, your guide to the best of Reuters news coverage in and around the Asian trading community. This quarter we shine a light on China's darkest energy industry---coal, the indispensable fuel of the past and, almost inevitably, an essential part of China's future. While Beijing works to give a makeover to the dirty and deadly sector, it continues to influence every part of the energy sector. That fact was driven home this winter, when prices rose high enough to force some companies to shift to diesel-powered generators -- fuelling a demand surge that, coupled with cold weather, helped oil markets turn a decisive corner. But liquid fuel also faces growing challenges in the transport sectors, particularly trucking and fishing. After a year of trendless trade, oil prices sprang to life late last year and are now pushing $100 a barrel, driving fuel-driven inflation up the political agenda and, according to Societe Generale, piquing greater interest in hedging. The question for oil traders everywhere: What is OPEC thinking? The market's faith in Saudi Arabia's verbal commitment to an oil price of $70 to $80 a barrel grows weaker by the day, and traders are testing the group's tolerance for triple-digit prices. Jonathan Leff Editor in Charge of Commodities and Energy Editorial Contacts: Richard Mably (Global Editor, Commodities & Energy) +44-207-542-6280, firstname.lastname@example.org Veronica Brown (Editor, Commodities and Energy, EMEA) +44-20-7542-8065, Veronica .email@example.com Jonathan Leff (Editor, Commodities & Energy, Americas) +1-646-223-6068, firstname.lastname@example.org Sambit Mohanty (Editor in Charge, Commodities & Energy, Asia), +65-6870-3084, email@example.com If you haven't already joined the Global Oil Forum, please get in touch with Andy Chan -- firstname.lastname@example.org or Luke Pachymuthu - - email@example.com to sign up. © 2010 Thomson Reuters. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Thomson Reuters content, including by framing or similar means, is prohibited without the prior written consent of Thomson Reuters. "Thomson Reuters" and the Thomson Reuters logo are trademarks of Thomson Reuters and its affiliated companies. Thomson Reuters Asia Petroleum Review, Issue No. 2 Jan-Mar 2011 Compiled and edited by Clarence Fernandez and Francis Kan in Singapore, with design and layout by Arunmozhy in Bangalore. Cover Picture: A labourer finishes unloading coal at a power plant in China's Liaoning province, Nov 2010. REUTERS/Sheng Li