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According to Engdahl
According to Engdahl:|
" Tibet is of strategic import to China not only for its geographical location astride the border with India, Washington’s newest anti-China ally in Asia. Tibet is also a treasure of minerals and also oil. Tibet contains some of the world's largest uranium and borax deposits, one half of the world's lithium, the largest copper deposits in Asia, enormous iron deposits, and over 80,000 gold mines. Tibet's forests are the largest timber reserve at China's disposal; as of 1980, an estimated $54 billion worth of trees had been felled and taken by China. Tibet also contains some of the largest oil reserves in the region.10
On the Tibet Autonomous Region’s border along the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is also a vast oil and mineral region in the Qaidam Basin, known as a "treasure basin." The Basin has 57 different types of mineral resources with proven reserves including petroleum, natural gas, coal, crude salt, potassium, magnesium, lead, zinc and gold. These mineral resources have a potential economic value of 15 trillion yuan or US$1.8 trillion. Proven reserves of potassium, lithium and crude salt in the basin are the biggest in China.
And situated as it is, on the “roof of the world,” Tibet is perhaps the world’s most valuable water source. Tibet is the source of seven of Asia's greatest rivers which provide water for 2 billion people.” He who controls Tibet’s water has a mighty powerful geopolitical lever over all Asia.
But the prime interest of Tibet for Washington today is its potential to act as a lever to destabilize and blackmail the Beijing Government. "
Already, with each visit by Paulson, Washington is demanding that China dip into the pocket (of the people's hard earned savings) to help fill that bottomless cesspool of corruption, the American financial market. Demands were made that China must buy more debt, and more specifically the more risky "Agency" debt, such as Freddie Mac and Genie Mae debt, EVEN AS the controls on those quasi-private entities are grotesquely loosened, so that the risks are about 10 times as high as before. At the same time, Paulson is telling the Chinese banks and the sovereign fund that they can forget about buying major chunks of American financial entities, as Congress would never them to do it. "Your dollars are no good, you see - you can only spend them on what America tells you to spend it on. Right now the only thing we will allow you to buy is agency debt!"