"... Throughout the world, China is buying up energy, food, water, mineral and any other natural-resource assets companies are willing to sell or lease into a long-term contracts. Chinese companies recently agreed to spend $15 billion to buy a major Canada-based oil-sands player and $1 billion for a natural-base pipeline that serves more than 7 million customers in the United Kingdom. China is snapping up or leasing natural-resource assets in Latin America, Africa and the Pacific region as well. And with $3.4 trillion in foreign reserves, the country can "shop til it drops" for a long time to come. Beijing sees this aggressive buying as necessary for China's continued growth. But most of these resources are finite - either in terms of reserves (oil) or in terms of how much can be created in any single year (food). So whether we're talking about the South China Sea, or the oil-sands purchase in Canada, there's only one conclusion to reach: All of these stories, taken together, demonstrate that future shortages of oil, gas, food, water and other natural resources are a mathematical certainty. ..." From: http://moneymorning.com/2012/08/06/were-not-saber-rattling-were-simply-connecting-the-dots/ Billy T comment:While I agree with most of article (have been making same points for years) if "gas" refers to natural gas, instead of gasoline, then there will be no shortage for very long time, certainly not caused by China buying it up - China has more than the NG rich US does in it hydrocarbon rich shale. Major collapses / drastic changes in social stability are historically caused by shortage of food and excesses of its prices (I.e. too little food and too much inflation = social instability, even like France had with heads rolling.) With US´s current food production and distribution system, much more than half the cost of food on your table is directly the cost of oil. Oil´s price will surely rise significantly in the next decade. Already 1 in 7 is on food stamps & 1 in 6 is getting some form of government aid to survive. How high can those fractions climb (along with Social Security and medical costs for an aging population) before working producers rebel (or if they are borrowing instead of paying taxes, the lenders rebel)?