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At the end of July, International Energy Agency, the IEA, said China had surpassed the US last year, to become the biggest energy consumer in the world.
The announcement created a huge ripple effect in the international community, fueled by intensive coverage by Western media. Chinese officials responded immediately, calling the IEA's data "unreliable”.
What's behind the hype over China's energy use? And should China shoulder the responsibility of “being the biggest energy consumer”? Global concern is growing over the country's energy consumption and savings.