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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

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13 Jul 2018

China's June crude imports at six-month low as 'teapot' buying slows; gas imports strong

BEIJING China's crude oil imports fell for a second month in a row in June to the lowest since December, as shrinking margins and volatile oil prices led some independent refiners, known as "teapots", to scale back purchases.

11 Jul 2018

U.S.-China trade row helped BASF land $10 billion Guangdong chemicals coup: sources

BEIJING Germany's BASF managed to wrap up a preliminary deal to build China's first wholly foreign-owned chemicals complex quite quickly, aided in part by trade tensions between Beijing and Washington, sources with knowledge of the matter said.

09 Jul 2018

Asian refiners seeking more oil from outside Iran after U.S. sanctions - KPC CEO

BEIJING Asian refiners are seeking alternatives to Iranian oil from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Iraq after the United States pledged to renew sanctions on Iran, Kuwait Petroleum Corp (KPC) Chief Executive Officer Nizar al-Adsani told Reuters on Monday.

05 Jul 2018

China keeps LNG off tariff list for now, could be trade weapon later

BEIJING China's omission of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its vast list of U.S. products that face hefty import duties from Friday has preserved a potential weapon should the trade war with Washington deepen.

05 Jul 2018

China keeps LNG off tariff list for now, could be trade weapon later

BEIJING China's omission of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its vast list of U.S. products that face hefty import duties from Friday has preserved a potential weapon should the trade war with Washington deepen.

03 Jul 2018

KazMunayGaz deal to sell stake in Romanian arm to China's CEFC falls apart: sources

BEIJING/ALMATY The deal by Kazakh state energy firm KazMunayGaz to sell 51 percent of its Romanian business to Chinese energy giant CEFC has fallen apart, three sources familiar with the talks told Reuters.

29 Jun 2018

BP holds millions of barrels of oil off China as demand falters

BEIJING/SINGAPORE Four supertankers chartered by energy major BP have been held up or delayed off China's east coast over the last two months, unable to fully discharge oil as slowing demand from the country's private refiners starts to impact global markets.

21 Jun 2018

Coal in the crossfire: Chinese traders wary of being burnt by trade war

BEIJING At least three U.S. coal shipments on their way to China may end up casualties of the escalating trade dispute after Beijing said it would impose steep tariffs that may kick in before the ships reach their destinations.

21 Jun 2018

China to reduce U.S. oil imports post-Sept amid trade spat - sources

SINGAPORE/BEIJING Chinese oil buyers will keep taking crude from the United States through September, but plan to reduce future purchases to avoid a likely import tariff amid a trade spat between the world's two largest economies, multiple industry sources said.

21 Jun 2018

Stepping on the gas: China's home-built fracking boom

CHONGQING, China On a flattened mountaintop a two-and-half-hour drive south of Chongqing in southwest China, a fleet of towering, red fracking trucks pumps chemicals and sand into a 1,500-metre horizontal well deep under the ground.

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