China's gas demand has gained more solid growth prospects. Admittedly, promoting gas becomes more challenging amid severe overcapacity in coal and power markets, but latest energy policies confirm China's determination to divert away from coal. Gas is seen by policymakers as a realistic choice and an integral part in a cleaner energy structure. We highlighted these trends in our H1 2017 gas and power outlook. The trends also have had an impact on our provincial China gas and power analysis.