From the International Herald Tribune:
A century ago, the British firm Burmah Oil made a fortune for its shareholders from oil fields that lie beneath the teak forests and golden- spired Buddhist pagodas of the country formerly known as Burma. In its successor state, Myanmar – a military dictatorship under Western economic sanctions – there is little hope of striking another gusher, said Ma Guiming, a stocky project leader for China National Petroleum.
“Gou qiang,” Ma said of the search for oil, using a Beijing slang term that literally means it will be chokingly difficult. “But we have no choice. This is something we have to do.”
As recently as 1992, China was self- sufficient in oil. Today, the world’s most-populous country is importing 40 percent of its needs – a figure that will rise to 75 percent by 2025, the U.S. Department of Energy predicts. [Full text]
See also “India, China work out new energy synergies” from Asia Times.