Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.

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Not threaten the Global Energy Supply

In 2002, for the first time, China’s oil consumption accounted for 6% of the world total. Alarms sounded and many – mostly Westerners – began to sound the alarm that China was threatening the world’s energy supply.

Long Yongtu is the General Secretary of the Bo’ao Asian Forum and he disputes the claim.

Long says –

1. The United States eats up 20-30% of the world’s oil with just one-fourth of the China’s population. The threat is with the US, NOT China.

2. The United States has some 300 million motor vehicles – more than 10 times the number of cars in China. The real threat is with the US, NOT China.

3. Turmoil in the Middle East is the cause for the rise of oil prices – turmoil caused by, um, the US, NOT China.

4. Oil producing and consuming countries are not cooperating. Japan (a close ally of the US) and China are disputing oil resources in the East China Sea. The US is the threat NOT China.

These points are interesting. It is no mystery that the United States has at times caused more havoc than peace, threatened stability more than help create it.

Is Long right?

What do you think?

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  • Toru says:

    I think Long is mixing up two different things, to simply attack US. As I understand, the increase in price of oil is not due to increase in demands by the Chinese, but rather a result of money game in the US. So the 3rd point is true, but when you talk about the global energy supply of the oil in future, thats a different matter. The chinese demand is definitely in increase, and taking its population in to account, it has potential to surpass US in oil usage. What China needs to care about is the futre reserve, not the current statistics. Even if these figures are true, it doesn’t mean that China can just blame US for everything.

    For the 4th point, I thought that the majority, if not the all, the resources China and Japan are disputing in the East China Sea is , the narutal gas. Not oil.

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