“We should join hands to safeguard stability of energy-producing countries and regions, the Middle East in particular,” Hu Jintao told the G8 summit yesterday. “Energy issues should not be politicized, still less should countries willfully resort to force in tackling energy issues.”
While applauding the sentiment, natives of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur “Autonomous” Region, the source of much of China’s energy assets, will not see it as grounds for optimism.
Rather, the thinly veiled attack on US interests and actions in the Middle East will be seen for what it is: a sure sign of China’s growing confidence as a global statesman, skillfully using the moral high-ground to press its strategic interests, while conveniently ignoring its own shortcomings.
Welcome to the top table Hu Jintao.