Natural resources

Russia and China signed agreements on the main terms of crude oil delivery to China and on strategic cooperation in the fields of geological exploration, production and realisation of hydrocarbons. Photo: EPA

Fractious Asia risking conflict over resources

Competition for strategic natural resources - including water, mineral ores and fossil fuels - has always played a significant role in shaping the terms of the international economic and political order. But now that competition has intensified, as it encompasses virtually all of Asia.