I've read many articles lately on oil, and other resources that are becoming scarce and the fight for control of those by the competing richer countries. What I find links the Americans and the Chinese is the fact that neither country taps into their own supplies. Despite both having considerable oil reserves under their own soil these are purposely not used instead leaving their exploitation to the future when they are scarce and the price is higher than today by orders of magnitude. This is both strategic and economically advantageous. After all why deplete your own supply at these low prices when you can get all you want from client countries whose resources are all they really have to keep them going. Especially when you can buy these resources with "money" you are creating out of thin air. Australia is one of these sucker countries too. Our resources are being bought as product or increasingly in the form of sale of tenements and companies by Chinese companies buying up with their own printed currency. We are selling off the jewels of this country for paper. I think we need to think about this more and resist the sale of our assets to foreign entities. The resources must be kept with proper "husbandry" and we must be responsible stewards. It's not as if the resources if they are kept in the ground are going to be worthless in the future. In fact the opposite is true.