Dubai recently announced its partnership with China in the creation of a billion dollar investment fund. Saudi commitment to double oil exports to China by 2010. These two announcements exemplify Chinaís Middle East energy strategy: to entrench itself economically in the region, even at a loss, so as to obtain the political leverage required to secure access to oil and gas. The mandate of the newly created China Dubai Capital fund (CDCF) is to target high-potential investment opportunities in China, which will then be listed on Dubaiís...,2519...271,00,00.html