China’s thirst for energy complicating global policy – Tim Johnson

From Knight-Ridder:

Barely a dozen years ago, when China’s lamps still burned low, the country didn’t need deep-sea ports, massive tank farms and a brawny foreign policy to procure in far-flung spots.

Today, China is an oil-guzzling dragon with a voracious thirst. Supertankers stretching three football fields in length now wait to enter China’s deep-sea ports.

The busiest oil terminal is at Ningbo on the East China Sea. Shipping records show that in November, supertankers arrived there from Saudi Arabia, Oman, Iran, Yemen, Equatorial Guinea, Angola and Congo to feed a craving that’s helped drive up crude oil prices, rattle global politics and put China and the United States at odds in some of the world’s most unstable regions.

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