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China Urges World's Top Oil Importers to Join Forces to Achieve Stable Energy Supplies


China is urging the world's oil importing nations to work together to achieve stable energy supplies and develop alternative energy sources.

Senior Chinese planning official Ma Kai made the call Saturday in Beijing at a meeting of key oil importing countries.

The meeting includes energy ministers from China, the United States, India, Japan and South Korea, which together consume almost half of the world's oil.

Ma says the five countries can benefit from a joint approach to solving problems such as growing energy demand and rising oil prices. He called for cooperation in developing technology to improve energy efficiency and find alternatives to oil.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.