posted on Jun, 29 2013 @ 10:20 AM
China has a problem and they are trying to resolve it.
China is a superpower without a power cord. They have more people than any other country; they have technology and are getting more by the day. They
have a powerful military. What they do not have is energy, at least not enough to fuel their growing needs. They need the oil under the South China
Their military is shackled by the lack of energy reserves and the fragility of the supply chains of this energy. China cannot reach the Middle East if
the rest of the world doesn't want it to. Along their seacoast, they are hemmed in by Japan, Taiwan (a part of China now, but still highly
Westernized and therefore suspect in a conflict) and South Korea. Even if they get past this, the island chains between Asia and Australia are a
pretty serious blockade for any Chinese ships trying to get through should those island nations and their allies decide to make it so.
The Himalayas keep any land pipeline from connecting to the Middle East.
This is nothing but a grab for closer oil reserves.
On another note, this has ramifications in the Iranian conflicts now ongoing. China needs Iranian oil, and the only way they can get it is for either
the world be at peace and at the same time leave Iran alone (which seems quite unlikely today) or for China to somehow manage to obtain a secure
transportation system for Iranian oil. Myanmar is situated perfectly for this. They bridge a fairly level (if not domesticated) land route between the
Indian Ocean and China. The problem is that Myanmar is seriously unstable right now, even too unstable for China to intervene. But should it become
necessary... Myanmar will become a part of or a staunch ally to China.