• http://www.blogger.com/profile/10648727700659999180 Schuyler Null
    Update: Chinese-Japanese tensions over disputed resource-rich, East China Sea island chain continue to escalate with China announcing a hold on exports of rare earth minerals to its neighbor. Unclear what it means for U.S. interests in the region, but recent American fears of Chinese REE bullying appear to have been well founded.
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03128183522318032094 Steve Salmony
    If the natural world is to be given its due and the human world is not to go utterly mad, then we have a great deal of work ahead of us. What troubles me is the way ‘the brightest and best’; the smartest guys in the room; the ones who report they have not flown commercial since the 70s; the casino operatives who have added nothing to the human economy and marked themselves as thieves of the highest order; the relentless plunderers of Earth’s resources and reckless degraders of its environs; the greediest among us who have hoarded most of the world’s wealth but done nothing productive to obtain it; those who live long and large without regard to human limits and Earth’s limitations, engage so righteously in conscious deception as well as in willful denial of any effort to communicate about matters of concern that do not buttress their selfish interests. These self-proclaimed masters of the universe have much larger, more fashionable and ever important agendas than educating the human family, telling the truth and doing the right thing, I suppose.

    Perhaps the time has come to sort out what is sacred from what is profane about the predominant culture. We need to do this one thing soon, I suppose, because what is profane about the culture is threatening to overwhelm the whatsoever else is sacred in the planetary home we inhabit. At least to me there is something perverse harbored within a culture that makes it ok for the most arrogant, clever and greedy among us to “obey the laws” and still destroy everything which is known to be sacred in the planetary home God blesses us to inhabit…and not desecrate as is plainly occurring in our time. Sad to say, the children will be justified to look back in anger and utter disbelief at the way their avaricious leading elders dishonestly and duplicitously destructed the natural world, even as they claimed so seductively, arrogantly and self-righteously not only to be protecting and preserving God’s Creation but also to be doing "God's work".

    What a shame it is that a tiny minority of morally bankrupt, craven greedmongers are allowed to perpetrate a sham in the name of the human community and God which will likely turn our planetary home into a shambles!
  • Matt
    This is crap. Whats next? China's population problem is now not only effecting how they live and their quality of life, but it is starting to bleed over into other countries that need help in non resource area. The most stunning comment in my mind is the Chinese forgiving debt to extract raw resources from developing countries. What are the security implications?
  • Joey Ammon
    It is true that China is growing at a rapid rate, and has past Japan as the second largest economy in the world. But does the U.S. have to worry? It is interesting how China has taken an imperialistic approach to gathering resources. Going as far to invent technology great enough to explore the South China Sea and plant its nation’s flag on the seafloor like it has claimed territory. China does not bid for resources on an open market like the U.S.; instead they find it, buy it and own it. China has every right to search for resource rich areas to further them as an emerging power in the world. The United States, European countries and Japan have and are stilling using third world countries for cheap labor to make large quantities of goods. Other countries may feel like China is hoarding resources but I think it is just another strategy for collecting resources in a global economy. If china has the demand for large amount of resources then they should have the right to collect them. Recently, China has damned the Mekong River, a major source of water for Southeast Asian countries that originates in China. Unfortunately, many countries are suffering from lower water levels downstream. This is just China using their geographically rich resources to their advantage. Why would they let fresh water leave there country when they can collect it? Some countries are geographically better off with rich resources then others and that allows them to grow. The United States is no different. Should we allow other countries to just come and dig up our mass amount of coal deposit at no cost just because we have it? Why is water different? China did not become the second largest economy in the world by giving away its resources.
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10648727700659999180 Schuyler Null
    For more on the chances of a resource war between China and the United States (or anyone else), I'd recommend this article. Basically it's remote. But how the relationships developing between China and its partner governments and corporations around the world will affect international politics, environmental governance, etc. remains to be seen and deserves more attention.

    I've also got to disagree with Joey on the Mekong. First there's the question of whether or not water is a natural right. Coal and water are both natural resources, yes, but water is a basic human necessity. It therefore deserves special treatment and is generally afforded that on the international stage. There's also the problem of when you start treating water like a sovereign resource, you've eliminated any chance of anything but a zero-sum game, which is in no one's long-term interest. China gets the short-term gain of more water, energy, etc. but would certainly lose more in the long-run in all the lost long-term relationships – business, political, military, etc. – that would no longer be possible with its neighbors after such a bellicose move.
  • Anonymous
    China is a huge resource eating beast, and the beast is hungry. A manufacturing based economy lives on fossil fuel, and cheap labor. China exploits it's energy needs from around the world, and exploits it's own people for cheap labor. If you protest, you get a bullet in the brain. Then, they cut your still warm organs from your body to sold to the highest bidder. China has 55 laws with death as the penalty. The are polluting the planet at will. Let's not forget who we are dealing with here.
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10648727700659999180 Schuyler Null
    Update: Wilson Center Scholar Marvin Ott spoke to NPR about the history of territorial disputes in the South China Sea, the tension between the United States and China, and the importance of Clinton's speech.

    Ott also touches on the Falkland Islands dispute between Britain and Argentina over natural gas.
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