Karen: Who in Congress wants us to sign it now?
Bill: Well, they've decided that the United States will"the big mining companies will now be able to have an advantage if the treaty is signed.
Scott: This (treaty) would extend our continental shelf 200 miles.
Timothy: I don't think America would give out money to developing countries.
Bill: Well, it wouldn't be American money.
Timothy: I don't think America would ever do that".
Bill: That's the real question.
Timothy: You just"They (America) don't do that. They have to find some way to get something out of this treaty. They won't just sign it (in order to) give out money to poor countries. They'll sign it because maybe they know how they could take advantage of the situation in some way.
Bill: Well, you know, many people have argued that "and there's been some new books on this"that the United States is becoming weaker politically"
Timothy: Then China"
Bill: Well, not just China. Then many other countries. And relatively speaking the distribution of economic power and political power on the world stage is changing. The BRIC countries " ever hear that acronym? It stands for Brazil, Russia, India".
Timothy: Oh, I see.
Bill: "and China. Yes, these are countries that are growing in power. And in political power as well as economic power.
Emmanuelle: In fact, until very recently, they were considered like developing countries, but then they are developing so fast".
Scott: China is a major power now.
Timothy: China owns half of America, you could almost say.