Skip to comments.Oil interests push China into Sudanese mire
Posted on 12/25/2011 6:02:20 PM PST by SunkenCiv
At a restaurant along the River Nile offering crocodile and ostrich meat, officials of the world's newest -- and desperately destitute -- nation hosted a lunch this month for Liu Guijin, China's visiting envoy for African affairs.
Liu's visit to Juba, the dirt-track capital of South
Sudan, which split from Sudan in July, came at a tense time: Sudan had just bombed a refugee camp, armed militias were mining roads, and troops were clashing in disputed border areas. The Chinese envoy, however, came here mainly to talk about oil.
The Chinese "are very worried," said Stephen Dhieu Dau, South Sudan's minister of petroleum and mining. "Their wish is to see the continuation of production and the flow of the crude. This is their concern."
China, which gets nearly a third of its imported crude oil from Africa, has invested billions of dollars in the past 15 years to pump crude from this war-scarred land. But the division of what until five months ago was a united country has pushed Beijing into a political minefield in defense of its assets, straining China's "just business" insistence that it doesn't get involved in the internal affairs of foreign lands.
China's involvement revolves largely around the interests of a single company, the China National Petroleum Corp., or CNPC, a state-owned giant...
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That’ll l’arn ‘em.
Obama is about to help by giving China 700,000 bbl of Canadian oil each and every day.
So oil prices in the global market go up and up.
Interesting. The Chinese have the world's most ruthlessly Machiavellian political class, but they have limited options here. They basically have two choices: 1) Try to get two nations which hate each other to cooperate, or 2) Start knocking people off.