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‘Syriana 2’

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Posted on Feb 17, 2006
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From moviereporter.net

AP: SHANGHAI, Feb. 17—China is hastening to complete a deal worth as much as $100 billion that would allow a Chinese state-owned energy firm to take a leading role in developing a vast oil field in Iran, complicating the Bush administration’s efforts to isolate the Middle Eastern nation and roll back its nuclear development plans, according to published reports.

The completion of the agreement would advance China’s global quest for new stocks of energy. It could also undermine U.S. and European initiatives to halt Tehran’s nuclear plans, possibly generating friction in Beijing’s relations with outside powers.

Truthdig says: What is this? A spec script for “Syriana 2”? Can someone please call Stephen Gaghan to figure this one out for us? Or maybe this is a case for Truthdig’s Orville Schell, who knows a thing or two about China?

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By Joseph j7uy5, February 19, 2006 at 6:58 pm Link to this comment
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From the point of view of the Bush administration, the problem with the Iran-China deal is that Halliburton won’t get the oilfield development contract.

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By A.A. Murphy, February 18, 2006 at 6:11 am Link to this comment
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Isn’t it a coincidence that Iran’s nuclear   facility at Natanz is situated in the same general area as its vast oil and gas reserves?

I don’t know about you, but I smell another U.S. incursion coming on. That Natanz area simply must be cordoned off . . . in the interest of world peace, of course.

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By Peter, February 18, 2006 at 4:24 am Link to this comment
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Very interesting development. Wonder if it’ll stop Bushco from taking out Tehran…

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