Earth Wars: The Battle for Global Resources by Geoff Hiscock

By Geoff Hiscock

A attention-grabbing perception into the worldwide conflict for our power future

The international festival for scarce normal assets that pits the West opposed to the super-hot economies of China and India, plus a take hold of of alternative contenders together with Russia, Brazil, and Indonesia, has turn into one of many largest matters dealing with the area this day. if it is the infrequent steel lithium present in salt pans within the Andes, gasoline from the Caspian Sea, oil off the coast of Brazil, coal from Africa's Zambezi River, or uranium from Kazakhstan, China and India are eager to make sure the safety in their destiny power provides. an identical is going for foodstuff and water, as infection and over-use take their toll, the necessity to offer endured entry for the subsequent new release and past has elevated exponentially. In Earth Wars: The conflict for international Resources, foreign company journalist Geoff Hiscock explores the issues, power suggestions, and inevitable tensions during this ongoing scramble for finite typical resources.

Going past "big power" politics to discover source possession and using leading edge know-how to get the main out of them, the ebook takes a forward-looking method of this urgent factor. Written in transparent, jargon-free language, it tells the worldwide assets tale in a clean and fascinating method that any one can understand.

• comprises insightful, up to date assurance of the main urgent debates over source allocations

• Discusses the main chinese language and Indian companies which are simply turning into identified to these within the West (Sinopec, CNOOC, CNPC, Indian Oil, ONGC, Reliance, Coal India, SAIL, and lots of others)

• provides source- and region-specific chapters to aid readers view the pertinent matters from a number of angles

As the economies of China and India develop to problem these of the West, the conflict over usual assets will proceed to warmth up. Earth Wars appears at this very actual challenge in-depth, providing a definitive examine one of many maximum demanding situations of our time.


"The close to simultaneous improvement and emerging aspirations of the world's basically billion-plus societies has awoken us to the bounds of the earth. the dimensions of call for from China and India for foodstuff, water, strength and minerals has already reshaped the worldwide economic climate and strategic panorama and may force much more dramatic switch within the years forward. This publication provides an obtainable map of those advancements, combining breadth with a cautious eye to aspect, whereas fending off being slowed down in records. Earth Wars is key examining for somebody attracted to how the twenty-first century will spread, and the way it will have an effect on peace and clash, economies and societies." —Dr. Michael Wesley, government Director, Lowy Institute for foreign Policy

About the Author
Geoff Hiscock has been writing approximately Asian company for significant media shops for greater than thirty years, together with time as Sydney bureau leader and Asia company Editor for and as foreign company Editor of The Australian. he's the writer of 4 books, together with India's worldwide Wealth membership and India's shop Wars, either released through Wiley.

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For resource-hungry Europe, it was a different matter altogether. Opening up a sea route around the southern tip of Africa to Asia at the end of the fifteenth century offered the prospect of a rich trade in spices, silks, and porcelain, and the opportunity to control new lands. The Portuguese were in the vanguard, but by 1521, seafarers from the other great European maritime power of the day, Spain, landed in the Philippines, and within 50 years had set up a Spanish capital at Manila. indd 14 20/03/12 8:14 AM The Four Essentials 15 Portuguese and the Spanish had already decided how they would carve up the “new worlds” they believed they were discovering in South America and in the Asia Pacific.

Even so, Russia and China are regarded as having the inside track so far in business dealings. Mongolia is already China’s largest coking coal supplier, and sends virtually all of its coal and copper exports to China. That might change if Mongolia pursues a proposed rail line to Russian seaports. But given that Oyu Tolgoi is less than 100 km from the Chinese border and that the electricity to power the mine will come initially from China, production is likely to be moved out on the Chinese rail system.

Indd 18 20/03/12 8:14 AM 2 C H A P T E R Geographical Flashpoints The Trouble with Lines on a Map For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill. —Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu (The Art of War, circa 500 bce) D eep in the western Himalayan mountains stands the high-altitude desert of Aksai Chin, one of the flashpoints that set off the short, sharp border war that India and China fought in late 1962.

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