Tuesday, May 31, 2005

China's Oil quest raising tensions

China'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.


At May 31, 2005 8:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The article talks about China and the U.S. understanding the critical nature of access to petroleum. Well, all countries do- just some are more honest about it than others. Most prefer to let the buggie man (USA) insure a stable market for oil while they work their private deals with the scoundrels who dominate the major oil-exporting countries.

At May 31, 2005 10:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

By 2010 the West, Russia, India and China will fully cooperate in bitch-slapping Islam. Oil wealth is root cause of the Islamic fascism and Islamic fascism will end up destroying the whole of Islam.

At June 01, 2005 1:40 AM, Blogger Don Miguel said...

"Oil wealth is root cause of the Islamic fascism ..."

Oil wealth is what allows Islamic fascism to spread beyond the desert rat holes from which it came.

"... and Islamic fascism will end up destroying the whole of Islam."

That is a possibility or maybe it will cause an Islamic reformation.

At June 01, 2005 1:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

By 2010 the West, Russia, India and China will fully cooperate in bitch-slapping Islam.

I fervently hope so. But it could be that one or all of them cooperate with Islam to bitch-slap the West.

At June 01, 2005 1:46 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Don: There will be no Islamic Reformation. We will crush Islam or Islam will crush us. End of story. We will have to try as many ways as we can, or it will become a world war, perhaps a nuclear one.

At June 01, 2005 3:15 AM, Blogger Don Miguel said...


I believe you are right. I too doubt that Islam itself can be reformed, but I hate to discount the small possibility that something out of the realm of our current thought could cause a dramatic change. Of course, I am more likely to win $100 million in a lottery!

At June 01, 2005 5:01 AM, Blogger Zach said...

I hope that Islam can and does reform itself, but I am not optimistic at all. I think that hoping for the best, while preparing for the worst is generally a good strategy.

One thing I would note about the Reformation however, is that it came about largely as a result of the ability for people to read the bible on their own, in their own language. The Koran, however, has never been controlled in the same way that the Catholic church did the Latin bible. Muslims are in fact required to read the Koran and from what I understand, memorize parts of it. So it is not clear just what could realistically change which would be significant enough to cause the same paradigm shift as in the Christian Reformation.

At June 06, 2005 7:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zach - your point is incorrect - the Koran is taught only in Arabic is all Islamic countries - all the Islamic countries outside the Middle East do not speak arabic - so in Pakistan kids learn the Koran in Madrassas in Arabic which they do not speak.

Also I think it is going to be Islam+China vs Rest of the World (the chinese gave nukes to the Pakistanis and are now arming Bangladesh and Iran


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