SINGAPORE, Dec 19 - Lower oil prices could boost demand in Asia in 2015, with spot interest for diesel, Asia's most widely used fuel, picking up in countries like Vietnam, Philippines and Indonesia, traders and analysts said.
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BEIJING, Dec 19 - China will set up an offshore observation network, including satellite and radar stations, to strengthen the country's maritime power, the official China Daily reported on Friday, in a move that could exacerbate tensions in the region.
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TOKYO, Dec 19 - U.S. crude futures jumped 2 percent in early trading on Thursday to above $55, recouping about half the losses in the previous session when oil fell to near five and a half year lows.
REUTERS - Singapore Airlines Ltd's Indian joint venture with the Tata conglomerate, Vistara, will start flying from Jan. 9, the airlines said.