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China Begins to Turn Against Iran

During Premier Wen Jiabao’s visit to the Persian Gulf, he struck deals with a number of countries, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, many of whom are worried by Iran’s nuclear ambitions....

China Distributes Aid in Africa, With a Catch

The third article in a New York Times series called “Uneasy Engagement,” which examines “stresses and strains of China’s emergence as a global power,” looks at China’s complicated relationship with...

China Has Head Start Over West for Iraq Oil

The Guardian reports on the significance of China’s new oil deal with Iraq: The deal could set a precedent for terms that fall far short of the lucrative contracts the oil majors had hoped for as they jostled for access to...

China’s Nuclear Gambit

From China Brief: Economic factors are clearly driving Chinese interest in strengthening their country’s underdeveloped nuclear energy sector. At present, China’s 11 operating nuclear reactors produce less than 2 percent of the...

China in the Middle East

Two articles about China’s interests in the Persian Gulf region. First, from AP, an article about a renewed oil contract between China and Iraq first negotiated under Saddam
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