The need for oil in Asias new industrial powers, China and India, has grown dramatically. The New Kings of Crude takes the reader from the dusty streets of an African capital to Asias glistening corporate towers. It provides a first look at how the worlds rising economies established new International oil empires in Sudan, amid one of Africas longest-running and deadliest civil wars. For over a decade, Sudan fuelled the international rise of Chinese and Indian national oil companies. But the political turmoil surrounding the historic division of Africas largest country, with the birth of South Sudan, challenged Asias oil giants to chart a new course.
Luke Patey weaves together the stories of hardened oilmen, powerful politicians, rebel fighters and human rights activists to show how the lure of oil brought China and India into Sudan-only later to ensnare both in the messy politics of a divided country. His book offers a portrait of the challenges China and India are increasingly facing as emerging powers in the world.
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