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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...

China and Saudi Arabia Form Stronger Trade Ties

From Bloomberg: Li Wei, a Chinese diplomat in Riyadh, had only just seen off a Chinese Ministry of Commerce delegation to Saudi Arabia this month when he started preparing for another governmental visit in two weeks. “Every...

China’s Growth Shifts the Geopolitics of Oil

The New York Times looks at how Chinese demand is rejuvenating Saudi Arabia’s oil export market: While China’s successful economic policies paved the way for a quick rebound there, the recession caused a deeper slowdown in...

China’s Hu to Visit Africa

Hu Jintao’s first overseas visit in 2009 will be to Africa and Saudi Arabia. From AFP: Hu will travel to Mali, Senegal, Tanzania and Mauritius, as well as Saudi Arabia, from February 10 to 17, foreign ministry spokeswoman...

China woos Saudis for oil – Philip Sherwell and Peter Goff

From The Age (link): President Hu Jintao of China flew in to an enthusiastic welcome in Saudi Arabia at the weekend to negotiate new oil supplies. His three-day visit, aimed at improving relations between the world’s largest oil producer and its second largest oil consumer, is a sign that China is stepping up the policy […]

Saudi king in China for oil talks – Aljazeera

From The Aljazeera.Net: King Abdullah has begun the first ever state visit to China by a Saudi leader, expected to focus on boosting co-operation to fuel China’s soaring energy needs. The visit marks the first part of an Asian tour that will take him on to India, Malaysia and Pakistan. During his three-day stay in […]

Uncertain Saudi Supplies Hold Key to China – Peter Enav

From AP, via Salon: China’s growing thirst for oil will place a greater strain on the world’s top supplier, Saudi Arabia, at the very time doubts are being raised about the kingdom’s ability to substantially increase production. Should output falter in Saudi Arabia and other Middle East nations, some analysts warn of growing tension — […]

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