How long will the shopping spree last?

Of all of the factors that have influenced the course of the energy markets over the past year, China's strategy has been one of the most dominant. The country's need for fuel, minerals and basic commodities has been credited in business and political circles for maintaining high world prices and reviving the failing economic fortunes of multiple commodity exporters, such as Argentina.

China, in turn, has become a significant producer of cheap textiles and consumer goods, whose

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