China and the Middle East

A very interesting article on China and the Middle East is posted at Commentary–and I definitely recommend it.
China has been involved in the operations of Al-Qaeda for a while, providing them with weapons as evidenced by the finds in the caves of Tora Bora. And now, with Chinese industrialization and the exponential growth in energy demand, they might start shipping more than just Ak-47s to the region in return for special trading status.
This does not have to be; Russia, China’s neighbor, is quickly becoming one of the world’s largest energy producers, and there is no reason China should have to go all the way to the Middle East to satisfy its demand for oil. The only obstacle, really, is politics.
That is why the world, and especially the intellectuals, need to start taking China and Chinese Democracy seriously. Only a democratic China will be able to free itself from the Leninist/Maoist rivalry of the previous century, not to mention the fact that it will free from bondage more people than any other democratic revolution in history. Where are the Chinese dissidents in American liberal magazines?


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