China is the second-greatest energy consumer in the world (behind the United States), accounting for about 10.8 percent of annual global energy consumption. As China pushes its economic development forward, its energy demand has greatly increased, and is expected to continue growing at about 5% each year through the year 2020.
Dr. Robert Ebel, Dr. David Finkelstein, and Ambassador Chas. Freeman will explore how China’s quest for energy resources has had an impact on the developing world, and how its competition for these resources is affecting its relationship with other countries. What are the implications of China’s quest for energy security? What are possible openings for international cooperation?