The oil game is a dirty one, and the West has made its share of bargains with thugs to keep the crude flowing. Now China, perhaps driven by piracy in the Straits of Malacca, is looking to make a deal with one of the nastiest devils out there -- the Burmese junta:
The pipelines would cut shipping time and costs for journeys by sea through the Malacca Straits and secure access to energy supplies.

A Chinese Communist Party delegation to Burma has also lauded the closeness of ties between Beijing and Rangoon.

China is a major importer of Middle East oil. Burma also has rich energy reserves and is exploring for more in adjacent seas.

Will this encourage Burmese sabre-rattling over exploration?