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Topic - Juan Zarate
China will become the world's largest importer of crude oil in October, surpassing the U.S. for the first time as the Asian giant's rising consumer class of drivers grows increasingly thirsty for fuel, the U.S. Energy Information Administration is projecting.
U.S. intelligence agencies are investigating whether al Qaeda's leadership council has convened to choose the group's next leader following the death of Osama bin Laden.
The U.S. intelligence community is closely monitoring the state of Egypt's highest security prisons, trying to track dozens of senior members of al Qaeda, the Islamic Group and Egyptian Islamic Jihad to find out whether any have escaped and where they have gone.
As Russian authorities sift through the wreckage of the Moscow airport attack, the world's attention will be drawn to the Muslim separatists who experts suspect carried out the Monday bombing.
Juan Zarate, an analyst with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the U.S. should use the occasion of China's growing dependence on Middle Eastern oil and reduced U.S. dependence to rethink its longtime policy of bearing the lion's share of defense costs in the Middle East and act more in its economic self-interest.
"In Iraq and Afghanistan, American blood and treasure have been spent to establish security and functioning economies, but American companies and interests are often left on the sidelines as Chinese, Russian and other countries' companies profit from oil, mineral and other sectors," he said.