Russian Chinese Energy Agreement
The new Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, signed a Russian Chinese energy agreement set to provide the still-growing Chinese economy with oil and natural gas for years to come. China has worked hard to secure sources of energy for its economy for years. The thriving Chinese economy and large cash reserves have been indispensable in the success of these efforts. The most recent Russian Chinese energy agreement links the first place producer of oil and natural gas with the fastest growing consumer of energy. The Russian Chinese energy agreement also secures for Russia a larger share of the Chinese market, reducing Russia’s reliance on Europe as their main consumer. Although the fundamental analysis of related investment opportunities may be tricky in Russia and China due to poor transparency, there may still be the ability to make a profit for those who pay attention.
Cash Flow from West to East
Think of it this way. China sells products to Europe and North America, and the rest of the world. China runs a big trade surplus. China spends its money on a big Russian Chinese energy agreement. China takes energy supplies away from Europe. In addition, the Russian Chinese energy agreement includes joint oil exploration efforts offshore from Russia.
Price, Always Price
According to press reports, all is not well with the Russian Chinese energy agreement. There are smaller nations across the globe where China can gain oil, natural gas, and other resources at bargain basement prices in return for loans and foreign aid. However, Russia still has a larger economy to sell energy products to, Europe. According to press releases the Russian Chinese energy agreement has been agreed upon in its general terms. But, price is still an issue and not all projects may come to completion as the old communist allies haggle over price like the capitalists that they have become.