Petropolitics at Work in China?

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When I heard the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, declare that the Holocaust was a “myth,” I couldn’t help asking myself: “I wonder if the president of Iran would be talking this way if the price of oil were $20 a barrel today rather than $60 a barrel.” – Thomas Friedman

I was thinking about Friedman’s First Law of Petropolitics today when I read about how the Chinese Government is handling the Uighur uprising.  It doesn’t exactly sound like freedom is on the march when you hear things like:

In a sign of the sensitivities surrounding the unrest, the Bureau for Legal Affairs in Beijing has warned lawyers to stay away from cases in Xinjiang, suggesting that those who assist anyone accused of rioting pose a threat to national unity.

Just FYI – Oil is trading at about $64 a barrel right now.

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