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China Wins Afghanistan Oil Contract

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Posted on Dec 27, 2011
U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Nathanael Callon

This colonialism thing ain’t what it used to be. Without spending the hundreds of billions of dollars and countless lives the United States has invested in the effort to determine Afghanistan’s future, the Chinese government managed to swoop in and walk away with as many as 87 million barrels of the country’s oil.

The Amu Darya Basin may not have the world’s most lucrative oil fields, but the deal gives China “a foot inside the door,” in the words of one consultant quoted by the BBC.  —PZS

BBC:

The approval is a major win for China as it has been looking to invest in resource-rich Afghanistan.

However, analysts said that resources is not the only sector that China is looking to invest in.

“The deal is a way of getting a foot inside the door,” said Charles Chaw of China Knowledge Consulting.

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By blogdog, December 28, 2011 at 2:01 pm Link to this comment

RE: Never will China and the USA
engage in real hostilities again because they are
run by the same Overlords.It’s like Sears and K-
Mart.

not so fast - business might well roll right along while juicy proxy wars, profitable to
investors on every side, do the same - expect modern wars amongst free-flowing trade
between combatant nations - again, modern wars are not intended to be won - rather they
fail troublesome states, demoralize and diminish troublesome populations, install ever
more pliant despots - that the so-called ‘free world’ is so duped into supporting them,
confirms the following - not speculation - from the source:

1. “Deception is a state of mind and the mind of the state.” - James Jesus Angelton -
Director of CIA Counter Intelligence (1954-74)

2. “The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media.”
- William Colby - Director of the CIA (1973-76)

3. “Military men are dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy” - Henery
Kissinger NSA/Secretary of State (1969-77)

4. “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American
public believes is false.” — William J. Casey, Director of the CIA (1981 - 1987)

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By GradyLeeHoward, December 28, 2011 at 1:43 pm Link to this comment

Nominally it is a Chinese contract, but in
actuality it is an Oligarch contract. Think back to
how the Swiss (Hessians)served as mercenaries to
the British East India Company in the US War or
Independence. Our boys and girls in Af/Pak are
serving in behalf of the 1 %, at our taxpayer
expense, no matter what oaths they pledge or what
insignia they wear.China is the most unjust nation
on Earth as concerns labor. The same wealthy who
own everything here own most everything there as
well. Some may have Chinese faces but are only the
local Oligarch representatives. The “Communist
Party” holds them down while our corprocrats screw
them to death.Plutonomy has transcended nationhood.
War and nationalism is a profitable game to fool
and control us plebes.Never will China and the USA
engage in real hostilities again because they are
run by the same Overlords.It’s like Sears and K-
Mart.

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By balkas, December 28, 2011 at 10:38 am Link to this comment

i am wondering if china wld one day set up army bases and nukes in cuba or s’mwhere in amerikas? and then not
back away as ussr had done?
btw, wld i have backed dwn once i wld have set up in ‘61 nukes in cuba? no, i wld have not; for my abhorence of the
supremacism is just to great to have been worried at all about any or all consequences arising outta it. i am a
peasant and i am tired of being a slave. and let once for all time history end if
serfdom/slaving/servitude/subservience does not end.

in view that one can expect rising feindschaft [enemyhood] between supremacist and an egalitarian ideology, we
can expect rising military perils.
let’s note, please, that we’ve had such a conflict [between two THOUGHTS] for over a century and may end in the
ends of history or that the two ideologies s’mhow merge in one? and no more: For the king and the country—-
welcome in its stead, For the peasant and world.
this means that extreme part of the supremacist ideology [and of the 20%] must s’mhow/s’mwhen disappear.
so, we need to wake up the paesanos—all 99.999% of them. tnx bozhidar balkas [give {allow} me liberty or give me
death]

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By Mark, December 28, 2011 at 9:44 am Link to this comment
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Wow, they estimate there are 87 million barrels of oil in the Amu Darya Basin, and, oh no, the Chinese are going to get it!!!

Wait a minute… The U.S. presently uses 19 million barrels of oil PER DAY.

Nevermind.

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By Lafayette, December 28, 2011 at 4:28 am Link to this comment

Yes, and the Chinese built schools and Hospitals in Chad (as I recall) to get into the minerals business there; which American companies promised and did not deliver.

C’mon, the Chinese aren’t brilliant business-people but they do have foresight. They look at the long-term, whilst ours have one eye on the business and the other one blind (or looking at their stock-option valuations).

We have a foreign-aid policy that is under-performing (except to finance the Israeli and Egyptian armies). So most American aid goes through NGOs, which is often helter-skelter and without coordination.

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By blogdog, December 28, 2011 at 12:53 am Link to this comment

NATO’s mission is to fail states - everyone knows, modern wars can’t be won
- what remains to be seen is what the Chinese will do for security - they left Libya
was soon as things went south, no doubt abandoning big investments -
NATO/AFRICOM plans to drive them out of every corner of Africa - but
Afghanistan is on their doorstep and they issued a strong warning in the wake of
last May’s Abbottabad OBL Snuff Theatre - any attack on Pakistani military assets
is an attack on China. The plot thickens.

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By adam, December 27, 2011 at 10:23 pm Link to this comment
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now, if the chinese could arm the mujahideen movement against the US they
would really get on board and make a killing.  the US has done it for years, why
should the chinese miss out on all the fun and prosperity involved in war
profiteering!!!??

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By flaco, December 27, 2011 at 6:32 pm Link to this comment

The US goes to war, looses war and money, China comes in and works on repairing the infrastructure, makes money and allies The US is one of the most inept country when it comes to international relations

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By litlpeep, December 27, 2011 at 5:28 pm Link to this comment

No matter how many wrong wars you fight, winning still ain’t winning.

And when you lose EVERY ONE OF THEM FOR SIX DECADES THAT IS A WORLD HISTORICAL LOSING STREAK.

Good for the Chinese.

Now they can stick the other foot in the door, salvage all that scrap metal, wash off the blood and guts, and sell it back to us at a premium.

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By Dr Bones, December 27, 2011 at 2:18 pm Link to this comment
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If it weren’t for China loans the US couldn’t afford to be there, dying for nothing.

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