It was not lost on me that China got the oil contracts in Iraq while Americans paid for the war and the rehabilitation costs for Iraq. Offshore Libya has massive, not fully tapped and explored oil resources which make any pal of Libya happy to be there. None of the current fighters with Libya are to benefit. Italy will but they are not fighting as their top oil company ENI would be hurt if they did.
So yesterday I googled China and Libya oil and exactly as I suspected, there are news stories of the [
B]Chinese there waiting to buy oil:
Libya rebel oil cargo China-bound: sources
By Amena Bakr and Jonathan Saul – Thu Apr 7, 12:30 pm ET[/B]
DUBAI/LONDON (Reuters) – China will buy the first oil cargo from Libyan rebels via trading house Vitol, sources said on Thursday, in a trial deal which is likely to clear the way for Europe to resume badly-needed purchases of Libyan oil.
What is clear to me is that China has been on a world wide quest for some years now for resources and while there is exploration in China and certainly lots of coal mining there strategy is still to obtain the resources as cheaply as they can from around the world. Cheaply means why waste money fighting silly wars of aggression when you can do it the cheaper way.
Even US citizen T. Boone Pickens makes this very point about the Chinese winning the oil deals in Iraq.
China got Iraq oil. You have to read US media to see how and why:
New York Times reported in Aug. 2008:
" In the first major oil deal Iraq has made with a foreign country since 2003, the Iraqi government and the China National Petroleum Corporation have signed a contract in Beijing that could be worth up to $3 billion, Iraqi officials said Thursday.
Under the new contract, which must still be approved by Iraq's cabinet, the Chinese company will provide technical advisers, oil workers and equipment to help develop the Ah[B]dab oil field [/B....
My point is that China is smart in their approach to obtaining resources and this is helping fuel their massive economic growth so on the economic front and international relations front they are doing very well!
How to improve China?
1. more of the same economically. Keep going in the same direction.
2. improve domestic consumption
3. improve the plight of rural farmers but balance the needs for food costs
4. improve both health and education
Again these are all the current goals in their 5 year plan.
On the human rights front reduce the jailing of dissidents. As I said before they genuinely fear social instability and they acknowledge internationally that they have large numbers of people who are not doing well and that they fear joblessness with higher pollution standards, etc.
I am reminded what Deng Xiao Ping allegedly said to the Americans when they lectured him on giving more freedom to the people: "how many do you want? 100 million? It is the size and scale of the problems that causes the fear in China.