China National Offshore Oil Corp., which is 70 percent owned by the Government of the People’s Republic of China, has tapped Wexler & Walker Public Policy Assocs. to join sister WPP firm Hill+Knowlton Strategies as its D.C. lobbyist.

CNOOC is mounting its biggest bid to crack the North American market via its $15.1B bid to acquire Nexen Inc., one of Canada’s largest energy companies.

China’s potential ownership of Nexen properties in the Gulf of Mexico is a major political concern here.

W&WPPA CEO Dale Snape, a 30-year veteran of the Office of Management and Budget, and chairman Bud Cramer, former Blue Dog Congressman for Alabama, spearhead the lobbying push.

They are joined by Robert Healy, former VP federal & international relations for ARCO and aide to Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen and VP Hubert Humphrey; R.D. Folsom, who once lobbied for most favored trading status for China; Joel Malina, aide to Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) and Malcolm Grace, aide to Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.).

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