China’s island-building and aggressive military actions in the South China Sea stem from its desire to control the global energy trade. China recognizes America’s increased production of oil and natural gas derived from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, as a threat since the United States may soon be able to control the global supply of energy.
The Chinese government is remarkably open about this, even claiming, “reduced dependence on foreign oil will make the US more hawkish in advancing its agenda,” the state-run newspaper China Daily wrote in 2014.
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