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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....

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...

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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