Poison gas: a world policeman – or not?

Summary: following rapid developments in London, Washington and Paris on the issue of military action in Syria, President Obama has pressed the pause button.

China and the Middle East

China’s investment and trade in the Middle East and Africa has been growing rapidly. This is part of the world-wide growth of Chinese exports, but specifically reflects the requirement for energy. China is heavily dependent on OPEC producers and expected to overtake the US as the world’s largest oil importer by 2015.

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