China's Oil quest raising tensionsChina's Oil quest raising tensions
"There is a bidding war going on," said Gal Luft, executive director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security, a Washington research group. China's sudden thirst for oil has also shifted the strategic landscape, as the world's most populous country scours the globe to keep its burgeoning middle class humming along in new cars and its military fueled for modernization. "The Chinese do believe now that they are living through an energy crisis and that they have to secure supplies in order to maintain economic growth, create jobs and preserve social stability," said Daniel Yergin, author of "The Prize," a survey of the international pursuit of oil. With its domestic production unable to keep up with soaring demand, China for the first time in its 5,000-year history is dependent upon foreigners for a commodity it can't do without. "They regard energy," said Yergin, "as a critical security issue." America's leaders have long held the same view.
No progress in China-Japan talks
China and Japan have failed to make progress in resolving a bitter dispute over gas fields in the East China Sea. Japan said China had refused its request to stop exploring the gas fields, as talks on the issue ended in Beijing. The talks follow weeks of rising tensions between Japan and China, amid rows over history textbooks, Japan's bid for a UN seat and energy. Japan and China are increasingly being seen as rivals for natural resources to feed their economic growth.
China may "seriously consider" sending troops to Kyrgyzstan
China may "seriously consider" sending its troops to Kyrgyzstan, the Huaxia Shibao newspaper on Tuesday reported Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao as saying. According to some mass media, on May 25, Kyrgyz acting president Kurmanbek Bakiyev announced that he would agree to deploy in the country troops of the Collective Security Treaty Organization led by Russia, as well as of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, including Chinese troops. The announcement came following mass riots in Uzbek regions bordering on Kyrgyzstan. The Uzbek authorities blamed the upheavals on Islamic extremists. Liu Jianchao underlined that so far China had never deployed its forces in other countries, the newspaper reported.