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China Seeks Burmese Route Around the 'Malacca Dilemma'

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007

BANGKOK, Thailand -- China's warming relationship with the Southeast Asian military regime the West loves to hate is emerging as a vital element in solving one of Beijing's biggest problems -- energy security. The jungles of Burma now seem certain to provide a shortcut for oil from the Middle East and Africa to the Chinese border.

With China scouring the world for oil and gas supplies to replace its own rapidly decreasing reserves, strategists have pondered the potential security problem posed for Beijing by the Malacca Strait, wedged between Indonesia and Malaysia and through which between 70 and 80 percent of China's oil imports must pass. ...

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