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Sale of Unocal a huge threat to national security

The fact that Bush Inc and Congress are going to sit back and allow China [who recently threatened us with nuclear attack] to purchase Unocal boggles the mind. This is an administration that talks out one side of its mouth about national security while catering to business interests with the other. Allowing the purchase of Unocal is as dangerous as selling arms to China. China, on the other hand, has the wisdom to prohibit foreign ownership of Chinese companies. Nevertheless, they are publicly endorsing the value of free trade as a bargaining tool. This article from Daily News by Congresswoman Kilpatrick (D-Mich.)encapsulates the lunacy of the Unocal deal.

China's third-largest oil producer has made an $18.5 billion bid for Unocal, America's ninth-largest oil company. The move by China's state-owned China National Offshore Oil Corp., or CNOOC, marks the Communist nation's most ambitious attempt yet to acquire a Western company, setting the stage for potential national security issues.

Do we really want to assist China in meeting its energy needs, allowing it to compete against our interests? I say no. That's why I attached an amendment to a spending bill prohibiting the Treasury Department from approving CNOOC's takeover bid. The House approved the measure 333-92, sending a message to the White House and Treasury Secretary John Snow to take a serious look at China's interest in purchasing critical U.S. assets important to America's energy security, as well as its national and economic security.

When the Defense Department released a 2001 review following the 9/11 attacks, it highlighted the rise of a "military competitor" in Asia with a vast "resource base."

The Pentagon was referring to China.

China is ascending as an economic power as well as a geopolitical military force, and its economic transition within the past 20 years is to be admired. The country's aggregate Gross National Product has grown by approximately 10% each year since the 1970s, compared with U.S. annual growth of 3.5%. But the prospect of China's economy surging ahead of the U.S. by 2050 is startling. The U.S. economy is approximately twice that of China, $11 trillion versus $6 trillion-plus. U.S. per capita income is nearly eight times higher than China's.

To fuel China's economic growth, it must demand more of the world's energy resources. It is this demand that has forced oil prices to soar. To supply its energy needs, China is acquiring oil fields in Kazakhstan and securing strategic energy supplies from Iran and Sudan. CNOOC has invested $699 million for the purchase of a liquefied natural gas field in Australia, $592 million for oil assets in Indonesia and is now seeking to acquire Unocal. China's rise must not be fueled at the cost of America's security.

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Do you people sort of know about the danger of policies that forbid foreign investments? Businesses need investments, and they will give jobs and pay taxes through their deals, regardless of the origin of their capital.
Free trade is supossed to be the way, and the terrible protective policies that US has (along with Occidental Europe, China, Japan, etc.) only makes the poor poorer, preaching about free trade to others, while protecting their national industries.

almost all of Unocals operations are in East Aisa anyways, its not like they have refineries off the coast of Texas or anything, its practicaly an Asain corporation anyways.

if we still as a nation depend on oil for energy in 2050, then god save us all from the impending ecological nightmare that will be planet Earth!

As I understand it, Unocal is not owned by the US Gov't and will continue to sell to whomever will pay the price set by OPEC. If indeed the Chinese gov't decided to somehow "take it over" completely, the US only gets but a tiny fraction of its overall amount from this company less than %5 I am pretty sure. Additionally, the Chinese gov't itself has been silently buying our debt for years now with it in mind that the value will redouble when, as they expect, our economy finally hits its upswing again in the future and if we should like to be a part of a newly burgeoning Chinese economy, we ought not offend the Chinese with misplaced concerns or sentiments; that will affect our future ability to capitalize on the growing wealth of China as a center of world commerce. Did my best to recount the points of an opinion piece in the New Yorker that I tried to find online that I read last week. Cheers.

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