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Years of friction may drive legal split of IEA, OECD

OECD sends letter to the IEA proposing separation, with latest disagreement over cooperation with China

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The IEA's executive director Fatih Birol has made strengthening ties with emerging powers the agency's top priority, choosing China for his first trip into the job and breaking with the practice of previous chiefs, who began their tenure by visiting an IEA country.

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THE West's energy watchdog, the International Energy Agency, faces a possible legal split from its parent body following decades of friction and fresh disagreements over cooperation with China, a document seen by Reuters shows.

Any divorce from the Paris-based founder, the