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August 16, 2004

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Ingrid

Thank you Madhu, you are such a sweetie. It's been four months now since I started following the Sudan crisis -- and I guess you must have read most of what I posted. So, this should come as much as a surprise to you as it did to me: according to the below report, China has deployed 4,000 of its troops to Sudan.

Here's an excerpt from the report, published today (btw the next Olympic games in four years time are scheduled to be held in Beijing):

"The case of Sudan, where international concern for the humanitarian disaster in the Darfur region is intensifying, puts China's role in perspective. It illustrates how Beijing's oil interests could come in direct conflict with U.S. policy.

While Washington has begged the world -- and pressured the United Nations Security Council -- to send peacekeeping troops to Sudan to quell the sectarian fighting that has put a million refugees at risk, China has already deployed 4,000 troops to Sudan. But those troops are there only to protect China's investment in an oil pipeline. China is concerned that civil unrest could wreck the oil project. It has actually been hostile to U.S. pressure to impose economic sanctions on the Arab government in Khartoum, a key Chinese client, buyer of Chinese arms and partner in oil exploration.

It was also telling that China was a major opponent at the Security Council of the war against Iraq, in large part because China had obtained prospective contracts with Saddam Hussein for exclusive exploitation of some oil fields. But perhaps the most worrisome prospect for U.S. policymakers is China's burgeoning attempt to secure ties with Saudi Arabia, the world's arbiter of the oil market, taking advantage of the Saudi regime's tensions with Washington since the 9/11 attacks.

All these are disquieting harbingers of Beijing's coming conflict with the United States over oil. It will come sooner than expected and the United States is not prepared for it. This president or his successor must, at the very least, alert the nation about its consequences, initiate a national conversation about it and encourage a program of energy conservation to alleviate the obvious economic pressures we will all face.

China's need for oil is the proverbial 800-pound gorilla in the room, and no one seems willing to confront it or even acknowledge it -- until it's too late."

http://www.newsday.com/news/opinion/ny-vpts0815,0,3892931.story?coll=ny-opinion-headlines

MD

Ingrid, that is interesting. Yes, the energy demands of the Indian and Chinese economies will certainly increase over time and that will play, no doubt, in international politics.

So complicated.

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