CNOOC, Canada and U.S. Policy: Promising Options and Political Stupidity
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  • Mrs. Davis

    The Nexen deal is about knowledge as much as oil and gas. China undoubtedly has a lot of shale gas and oil. But not the knowledge to exploit it. They will get that from Nexen. And that’s good for us. The more oil and gas in the world, the less power the Islamists have.

  • Anthony

    “We need a clear understanding of our bottom line in this case….” CNOOC, Canada, and U.S. Policy…

  • Mick The Reactionary

    @Mead:

    “but the more China’s economy is locked into the global system, the more imperative it becomes for China to seek its goals peacefully. Anything that increases Beijing’s interest in taking up a role in a peaceful, stable world order is worth its weight in gold (or crude, perhaps?) to America.”

    Where did we hear this song before? Oh, yea, Globalists told this story for the last 30 years or so.

    How did it work out, Mr Mead? One third of postings on your own blog – you do read them, no? – are about aggressive moves by China.

    Thanks to trillions of dollars earned in faux free trade the newly confident China is ready to take on the West and its allies.
    Job well done, Globalists.

  • thibaud

    Mead at his best.

    Managing China’s rise is the #1 challenge we, and the world, face in this Asian Century, and the calm, judicious, carefully-researched points made here suggest the right way to think about how to manage this rise.

    A pity that this calm, rational, fact-based voice isn’t heard more often – here at VM as well as across the nation.

  • Pave Low John

    It is a nice concept, thinking that strong economic ties to a global market would influence aggressive nations to act in a more peaceful manner. Unfortunately, history simply doesn’t back this notion up. Germany in the early 1900s and 1930s were heavily dependent on imports for a vast array of raw materials and resources. Same goes for Japan in the 1920s and 1930s.

    Underlying political principles (ie. representative democracies vs. fascism/communism/religious theocracy) have much more influence on whether or not a nation provokes a war, not economic principles. Sometimes it is difficult to separate the two, but a careful reading of history shows the trend.

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