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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China will be increasingly in conflict with the United States if it continues to pursue energy deals with countries like Iran and is unlikely to gain the energy security it seeks, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday.
Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick said he was not sure how much of Beijing's energy drive was propelled by new Chinese oil companies or by a government "strategic plan."
Zoellick launched the strategic dialogue on a trip to Beijing last month amid rising U.S. concern over China's growing economic and military clout. Washington aims to foster greater cooperation and avoid dangerous miscalculation by examining Sino-American relations in a larger framework.
Zoellick acknowledged "there are questions that are being asked not only in the U.S. but other parts of Asia and Europe about how China will use this growing power."
Zoellick said he told Chinese officials that from a U.S. perspective "it looked like Chinese companies had been unleashed to try to lock up energy resources."
China must choose whether to work with the United States to ameliorate problems posed by these states -- while still protecting Beijing's energy interests -- or whether it "want(ed) to be against us and perhaps others in the international system as well," Zoellick said.
The State Department's former chief China official, Randall Schriver, told Reuters last week he feared the two powers were on a "collision course" over the ties Beijing is forging in its search for energy to feed its growing economy.
Originally posted by American Mad Man
The funny part is, China is making this a confrontation. Instead of BACKING the US, and becoming partners, they are trying to force a show down.
It's sad really. With our massive trade alliance, they could parlay that into a general alliance...To bad they would rather challange US supremecy then join it.
To bad they would rather challange US supremecy then join it.
Yup, they're buying it all right.
Originally posted by sweatmonicaIdo
If you know anything, alliances are made only when necessary. Otherwise, it's every man for themselves.
You think our government wants an alliance with China? Why make an alliance when we can conquer 16% of the world's population?
The world ain't pretty, AMM.