Government eases curbs to support property prices as economy slows.
Competing theories as anti-graft drive claims one state oil executive after another.
Moscow pushes cheaper pipeline route.
Sluggish demand spurs stagnation fears as Beijing hopes for greater regional influence.
Conservation target 20 percent lower than 2014.
Safety gains mixed with cover-up concerns.
Interest rate impact on privatization seen.
Reported energy savings may mask economic weakness.
International Energy Agency study cites energy efficiency gains.
Abandoning growth target may signal reform.
Observers see risks in the PLA’s anti-corruption push.
Lower oil prices may raise subsidy demands.
But promise of transparency on inventories remains unfulfilled.
Stiffer penalties may strengthen environmental enforcement.
Beijing seeks to bar local role in economic reports.
Government faces decisions on environment and economic growth.
Forecasts call for rising consumption through 2030, with some anti-pollution efforts actually increasing demand.
But privatization remains a 'serious challenge,' as state-owned enterprises resist change.
A combination of sanctions and a fall in the value of the ruble strains financing for supplies.
But the monetary moves may do little to ease pressures or avert further declines.
Experts call for Beijing to reach peak consumption by 2020 in order to meet targets.
Beijing sees an opening to set tougher terms for buying Moscow's fuel.
Phantom exports conceal flows of 'hot money' to dodge Chinese currency rules.
Officials are pointing fingers after a cut in forecasts.
Doubts persist about the independence of the country's courts.
Stockpiling may cloud outlook on prices.
Beijing tries to curb backdoor finance schemes through arm's-length corporations.
But observers suggest the shift reflects an expectation that numbers are unlikely to improve.
Beijing claims progress in energy efficiency suggesting it could help it meet five-year goal.
Russia promotes plans for a second line from the west that officials say could be agreed upon soon.