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Vietnam teams with Japan and US for low-carbon electricity

LNG-fired power plants seen as part of plan to offset Chinese influence

 A liquefied natural gas tanker docks near the Futtsu power plant in Japan: LNG produces less carbon emissions than many other types of fossil fuels. (Photo by Shinya Sawai)

TOKYO -- Japan and the U.S. will help Vietnam switch to liquefied natural gas from other, less-clean types of fossil fuels, as part of their campaign to help emerging economies minimize carbon emissions.

LNG burns more cleanly than alternatives like coal, and Japan and the U.S. believe promoting the fuel is key to curbing emissions in Southeast Asia. The countries also hope that their push will help counter China's growing clout in the region, including in the energy sector.

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