''China is muscling into Iraq's oil
sector as Baghdad grapples with defections by international majors like
Exxon Mobil and Chevron of the United States and France's Total.
This is part of Beijing's drive to secure oil and natural gas resources in the Middle East and Africa as U.S. influences wanes.
China's clout in Iraq, along with other parts of the Middle East,
including Saudi Arabia, is bound to increase as the Americans'