Laogai Research Foundation 勞改紀念館

1734 20th Street NW / (202) 408-8300 /

Established by survivor, Harry Wu, to gather information on and raise public awareness of the Laogai - China's extensive system of forced-labor prison camps. LRF also works to document and publicize other systemic human rights violations in China.

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China Is Reaping Biggest Benefits of Iraq Oil Boom

BAGHDAD — Since the American-led invasion of 2003, Iraq has become one of the world’s top oil producers, and China is now its biggest customer.

China already buys nearly half the oil that Iraq produces, nearly 1.5 million barrels a day, and is angling for an even bigger share, bidding for a stake now owned by Exxon Mobil in one of Iraq’s largest oil fields.

“The Chinese are the biggest beneficiary of this post-Saddam oil boom in Iraq,” said Denise Natali, a Middle East expert at the National Defense University in Washington. “They need energy, and they want to get into the market.”

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Photo: An oil refinery in Basra, southeast of Baghdad, in which China has a stake. China has poured money and workers into Iraq. © Nabil Al-Jourani/Associated Press