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Of all of Ottawa's foreign diplomats, Yemen's man in Ottawa might have the most intimate grasp of the impending acquisition of Canadian oil and gas producer Nexen Inc. by state-owned China National Offshore Oil Corporation Ltd.

That's because not only has Nexen been present in Yemen since 1987, but Yemeni Ambassador Khaled Bahah worked for the company for almost a dozen years—from 1992 to 2005, minus a couple of years in between, and before becoming Yemen's oil minister.

"[The Chinese] are in demand for the energy sector, and that's something positive for a country that's looking for investment," Mr. Bahah told Embassy.


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