Skip to comments.Chinese delegation visits 'next Dubai' Kurdistan
Posted on 08/31/2012 6:53:47 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Dubbed by some observers as the 'next Dubai' because of its vast oil reserves, liberal business environment and political and social stability, Kurdistan played host to the Chinese ambassador to Iraq, Ni Jian, for the first time recently.
The Chinese interest follows the Kurdistan Region's deals with numerous western companies, especially in the oil and gas sector, who see the region as having impressive high-growth investment potential.
Mr Jian met Nechirvan Barzani, prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, and they discussed the potential of setting up a consulate in Erbil, the region's capital, and improving trade links.
Ambassador Jian said that the Chinese government was especially interested in the areas of scientific research, culture, business and trade...
He reiterated his government's commitment to expanding bilateral relations with Kurdistan and further developing their partnership with Iraq.
The KRG prime minister encouraged the ambassador to explore areas of mutual interests, including industry, agriculture and tourism, and welcomed their plans for a consulate in Erbil as an 'important step' to establishing political ties and with promoting further exchange of visits...
The head of KRG department of foreign relations, minister Falah Mustafa participated in the meeting with the Prime Minister and held a separate meeting with the visiting ambassador...
During his visit, Ambassador Jian also met with the KRG minister of interior, Mr Karim Sinjari.
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This is another case where the Chinese are capitalizing on our blood and treasure. Our State Department cannot do anything right. The Kurds absolutely love us for freeing them from Saddam. We should have all the oil contracts and a very great relationship with the Kurds, but somehow our government will screw that up too. Our incompetent diplomats will do this probably by conceding too much the central government in Baghdad which, of course, does not like us or appreciate what we did for them at all.
Kurds don’t love anyone. They are obvious socialist separatists dreaming to cut pieces from both Iraq and Turkey to build their “workers’ paradise”. It was instrumental for them to ride American back against Saddam, now they have zero common points with US. Even more, they are agressively attacking a formal US ally - Turkey to grab land as soon as Iraq is a problem no more. China is a very logical partner for such a people as soon as China is willing to push around all traditional players in a region, mainly US, Russia and Turkey. Who are to support Kurds? US can’t because it contradicts NATO principles, Russia won’t because it is not that much Russian interest left there, so there is China to go. Kurdistan is nice apportunity for them to cheaply gain some influence anywhere also making Chinese close to a Gulf oil.
Pay attention to the Chinese, they are simply infesting places abandoned by traditional powers (sub-Saharan Africa, some places in South America etc).