Why Not Let China Pump Iraq’s Oil?

The Diplomat’s Zachary Keck challenges U.S. critics who have expressed outrage at the news that China – not America  – has become post-war Iraq’s biggest oil customer: Overwhelming public discourse...

China Reaping Biggest Benefits of Iraq Oil Boom

The New York Times’ Tim Arango and Clifford Krauss report that, ten years after the U.S.-led invasion, China is buying up almost half of Iraq’s oil output, taking 1.5 million of a total 3.5 million barrels per day....

Oil and the Beijing-Baghdad Trade Axis

Iraq could become the world’s next “oil superpower,” writes J. Michael Cole in The Diplomat, as China has stepped in with considerable capital to create an unlikely partnership that could define a new era of...

If Attacked, Would Taiwan Fight?

The Diplomat’s J. Michael Cole challenges the assumption that a  majority of Taiwanese would choose not to fight if China attacked their country, writing that Taiwan’s unique national identity would likely trump any...

As Western Media Contract, China Daily Expands

The Globe and Mail’s Mark MacKinnon reflects on Jeremy Webb’s “terrifying” observation that “China Daily is the only English-language paper available at my hotel in Milan”: Fourteen words that...

Don't Take China's Peaceful Approach for Granted

A Global Times editorial warns neighbouring countries against pursuing “illogical” opportunism in their dealings with China, arguing that such policies could ultimately force Beijing into a military response....

Time to Teach Those Around South China Sea a Lesson?

An op-ed at Global Times argues that China should prevent matters in the South China Sea from getting out of hand by launching “punitive” military strikes against Vietnam and the Philippines: The tension of war is...

U.S. Debt Crisis Is Giving Democracy A Bad Name in China

At the Huffington Post, Joshua Hersh suggests that the US debt crisis is undermining the credibility of American government and the very principles it embodies. “These kinds of debates have been a constant in our political...

China Reaps Benefits of Iraq War with Oil Deals

From AP: From among the most outspoken of critics of the 2003 U.S.-led invasion to topple Saddam Hussein, China has emerged as one of the biggest economic beneficiaries of the war, snagging five lucrative deals. While Western...

Chinese Ambassadors’ New Year Messages for Motherland

From Xinhua News: China’s overseas ambassadors have sent their best wishes to their motherland and its people for the lunar new year, the year of the tiger, which falls on Sunday… For Zheng Qingdian, ambassador to...

China Oil Deal Is New Source of Strife Among Iraqis

The New York Times follows up on an oil deal signed between Iraq and China last year in Iraq’s first post-war oil development contract, and looks at the consequences of the deal for Iraqi citizens: One year later, the...

Bringing China into the Middle East

On the Nation’s blog, Robert Dreyfuss interviews Middle East expert Ken Pollack about China’s role in the region: …When I asked him about the role of China, and whether China could help rebuild and stabilize...



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