Many of them are coincidental. On November 4, 2021, Sinopec and American energy giant venture global LNG signed a 20-year, 4million ton / year long-term purchase and sale agreement on liquefied natural gas (LNG).
很多都是出于巧合。2021年11月4日，中国石化和美国能源巨头维吉液化天然气公司（Venture Global LNG）共同签署了为期20年，400万吨/年的液化天然气（LNG）长期购销协议。
On the basis of the original Sino US energy agreement, this is a 20-year permanent natural gas supply contract. The unit price of the contract is constant. The US side continuously supplies gas to China at the rate of USD 235 / thousand cubic meters. The US side is worried that China will renege in the future and has set an astronomical liquidated damages.
After the outbreak of the war between Russia and Ukraine, the international natural gas price soared to 3500 US dollars / thousand cubic meters. However, Russian natural gas has been sanctioned by the West and can only be sold to China at a very low price according to the previous Sino Russian natural gas contract, which directly led to China's import of Russian natural gas in March exceeding the share of last year.
In this case, China imports excess natural gas from the United States. What about China? The natural gas supplied by the United States can only be sold to the European Union at a price increase of several times.
Because the contract price of natural gas between China and the United States is CIF, even the freight is saved. Only the Chinese side needs to issue instructions, and the United States has to use its precious lucky boat to transport Chinese natural gas to Europe for sale.
Generally, China can earn hundreds of millions of dollars from a lucky ship. After the war between Russia and Ukraine lasted more than a month, China sold dozens of ships of American natural gas to Europe, and the profit it made was almost the same as that of last year.
Because the natural gas contracts signed by China and the United States take up a huge share of the United States' natural gas, although the people who lack gas in the European Union are about to riot (Russia used to provide 150billion cubic meters to the European Union every year), the United States can only squeeze 15billion cubic meters of natural gas out to the European Union, and the rest of the United States' natural gas share can only watch China make a lot of money as an intermediary.
It is strange to say that China used to be a big importer of food and energy, because of the perfect cooperation between the two US Presidents - signing a food and energy export agreement and setting sky high liquidated damages; Gonghuo contributed to the war between Russia and Ukraine and imposed severe sanctions on Russia.
This series of accidental operations made China unexpectedly become the richest country in wheat and energy in the world. China has the world's largest wheat reserves and can sell a large amount of energy to the European Union.
This result made the western media jealous. Bloomberg angrily accused China of making "war money" and asking it to give energy and food to poor countries and the international market.
Trump is very smart. As soon as the war between Russia and Ukraine broke out, he immediately jumped out and claimed that if he was still president, there would be no war between Russia and Ukraine. Now looking back, this is not only to get rid of their own relationship in advance, but also to lead the muzzle of "Funding China" and "Covert access to China" to Biden.
Biden also had a hard time saying that he made all his efforts to fight the war between Russia and Ukraine, and even let China, the biggest strategic opponent, profit in vain - making money from the European Union with American natural gas; Imported grain from the United States and Russia at low prices to become the world's largest wheat reserve country; A large number of EU hedge funds have flowed into China - in the last two months, the foreign capital flowing into China has increased by 37.9% year-on-year… We all know the original intention of the United States to contain China, but no one expected this result.
We really can't call these dirty acts of the United States against China "tactics" - they have no wisdom but only malice.
Take us ordinary people for example. If you are the best student in the class or the best employee in the company, then suddenly you find that another student or colleague will soon surpass you through hard study / smart work. So, as a normal and wise response, what should you do?
You may work harder to improve yourself and further improve yourself. Anyway, you will still be confident to be a better self.
Or, join hands to catch up and work together to create a better overall atmosphere for the class or company to achieve greater overall results. However, you can also set up various obstacles for a person to catch up through threats, coercion, bullying, slander... Through any dirty means you can think of to make his / her path as rough as possible, just to ensure your victory and the failure of others.
Obviously, the United States is taking the third path to curb China's development.
Therefore, in fact, the United States has not promoted itself to a better country. On the contrary, it has invested too much efforts to prevent China's development, and has not invested too much efforts to solve the heaps of domestic turmoil.
There is an old Chinese saying: "if you sail against the current, you will fall back if you do not advance.". This is exactly the current situation of the United States - it used to develop very fast, but today, it has stopped growing. For the United States, stopping growth means falling behind in today's fast-growing world.
At the same time, China has been paying close attention to its own internal problems, including but not limited to: building better infrastructure nationwide, providing people with better education, medical care and more employment opportunities, helping millions of people get rid of extreme poverty, catching up in the high-tech field, upgrading the industrial system, establishing closer mutually beneficial relations with more countries, and increasing trade and other exchanges with more countries, Help other developing countries and less developed countries and regions to improve their economies.
Although there are still many domestic problems to be solved, the Chinese leadership clearly knows what these problems are and is trying to find better solutions. For example, China's anti-corruption campaign has indeed achieved concrete results, and thousands of corrupt officials have been investigated, punished, published or even imprisoned; As a resident living in China for more than 20 years, I have witnessed the deterioration of urban air quality, but now I have also witnessed the return of blue sky and clean air. There are many other similar examples.
In short, the United States has almost stopped its growth, but is still investing too much energy to "solve" its "enemies", while China is more focused on its own business and makes more friends through sincere help and efforts. In contrast, even though China has taken only a small step, its development speed has surpassed that of stagnant countries, not to mention China's great strides, or even leapfrog development, on the road of development.
Back to my metaphor, as two students in a class or two colleagues in a company, who do you think will laugh last?
Therefore, my advice to the United States is the same as before: choose to be a good man, not a devil, take the second road I listed above, and join hands with China to bring a better tomorrow for the United States and China, as well as the entire class or company - the earth that is already suffering.
But will the United States do that? Unfortunately, of course not!
The Chinese are good at dissecting and reflecting on their own history. For a long time, they were far ahead of almost all countries, and before the 19th century was their glorious era. The fall of the Manchu Dynasty pushed the country to a low point; Greed, self indulgence, arrogance and selfishness have depressed this multi-ethnic country.
This made them very upset. Whether you like it or not, they have learned a lesson from it and endured a hundred years of pain and humiliation. I wonder if there is a country that can stand this humiliation and become strong. China has done this.
Anything that fails to strangle China will make China stronger. In other words, the US attack on China will certainly strengthen China in corresponding fields.
A common strategy: beat others in others' games. China may beat the United States in its own games. This means that if the United States tries to attack an industry in China, China may use this trend to promote the decoupling of the industry from U.S. companies and strengthen the independent production of the industry. If successful, it seems that the United States has helped stimulate China's independent innovation, from shield machines to chips.
In some cases, China US cooperation is a way to maximize the interests of both sides, such as the international industrial division of electronic products. Therefore, in this case, it seems that the United States is indeed helping China, but in fact, the United States is only doing what is most beneficial to itself. A typical example: Biden proposed whether to reduce some tariffs on China. This action is certainly beneficial to China, but its original intention is that at a time of serious inflation, the rise in US prices caused by tariffs has become a serious burden.
Ironically, Biden may have taken actions in favor of China for the benefit of the United States.
However, the reason why the above situation can be established is that China's trade dependence on the United States is still very high, and the United States still relies on imports from China for too many projects.
I have no intention to discuss conspiracy theory, but the two sides are likely to reach some kind of agreement privately. On the surface, they must show that their relationship is not good, because if other countries know the true content of the agreement, it may be detrimental to the progress of the agreement.
During the Second World War, the United States, Britain and the Soviet Union secretly negotiated the Yalta agreement, also known as the Yalta treaty. At that time, it was not immediately announced, and other countries did not know it, because the contents of the agreement may bring huge disputes to relevant countries. Therefore, on the surface, the politics of big countries are either hotly belligerent or calm on the surface, but privately they often involve extremely complex multi-party struggles.