Energy Bringing China and Iran Closer TogetherEnergy Bringing China and Iran Closer Together
Iran is in the midst of a geopolitical transformation that has the potential to inflame the world’s most volatile and unpredictable region. An integral part of this transformation is the nurturing of bilateral relations with countries sharing similar geopolitical interests and a strong resentment for perceived U.S. hegemony – China is such a country. Already China’s second largest supplier of oil behind only Saudi Arabia, Iran is ideally positioned to play a central role in China’s overall energy policy moving forward. Some energy observers predict that China will consume more oil than the U.S. and 75 percent of all new global oil production by 2015. Imports of crude reached 130 million tonnes in 2005, up from a record 122 million tonnes in 2004. Most experts agree that China’s domestic oil and LNG supplies will be insufficient to meet its rising demand for energy in the very near future. As a result, Iran, one of the leading producers of oil and LNG in the world, has become a natural partner for China. The number of energy-related deals over the past year between Beijing and Tehran have been staggering. Taken separately; China and Iran are formidable regional powers. However, taken together, they become a regional and global force.
Illegal Gun Making Attracts Farmers
Some Chinese farmers farm during the day and make guns in the evening. Their families and whole villages sometimes join in. Hualong County in Qinghai Province, Songtao County in Guizhou Province and Hepu County in Guangxi Province are the three major counties for the production of illegal guns. According to incomplete statistics, illegal guns from Qinghai showed up in more than 10 provinces. In these regions, the cost of a gun is only 200 to 300 yuan. Several transactions later, the sales price can be nearly 10,000 yuan.