energy diplomacy

China Begins to Turn Against Iran

During Premier Wen Jiabao’s visit to the Persian Gulf, he struck deals with a number of countries, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, many of whom are worried by Iran’s nuclear ambitions....

China Distributes Aid in Africa, With a Catch

The third article in a New York Times series called “Uneasy Engagement,” which examines “stresses and strains of China’s emergence as a global power,” looks at China’s complicated relationship with...

China Has Head Start Over West for Iraq Oil

The Guardian reports on the significance of China’s new oil deal with Iraq: The deal could set a precedent for terms that fall far short of the lucrative contracts the oil majors had hoped for as they jostled for access to...

China’s Nuclear Gambit

From China Brief: Economic factors are clearly driving Chinese interest in strengthening their country’s underdeveloped nuclear energy sector. At present, China’s 11 operating nuclear reactors produce less than 2 percent of the...

China Vows to Develop Clean Energies – AP

Following the Bali conference on climate change, China has issued its first ever white paper on energy policy, in which the government pledges to develop renewable energy sources, yet fails to agree to binding limits on greenhouse gas emissions. From AP: In a report on its energy plans, the government announced no new initiatives but […]

Deepening China-Iran Ties Weaken Bid to Isolate Iran – Robin Wright

Concerns are mounting in the U.S. over China’s relationship with Iran and the possibility that China will veto U.N. sanctions against Iran. From the Washington Post: China now gets at least 14 percent of its imported oil from Iran, making it China’s largest supplier and the source of as much as $7 billion worth of […]

Rising to the Challenge of Interdependency – Jennifer Morgan

China and Europe share similar concerns when it comes to energy security and the future of our changing climate. Increased cooperation lights the way ahead, writes Jennifer Morgan, published by China Dialogue: No other country has transformed itself – in just 13 years – from being a major oil exporter to being the world’s second-largest […]

China Plays Important Role As Peace-maker РXiong Guangkai (熊光楷)

From China Daily: China’s security policy is based on the basic reality that it is a developing country with the strategic goal of achieving peaceful development. With regard to the international situation, China’s security policy is based primarily on three aspects. First, the country keeps a close watch on non-traditional security threats as well as […]

NDRC: China To Quadruple Oil Reserves in Three Years – Xinhua

China is rolling out a new timetable for the building of it oil reserves, vice minister Lu Deming (ÈôàÂæ∑Èì≠) of the National Development and Reform Commission said while attending a China-US oil and gas industry forum in the United States on Sept. 11. China will quadruple its current oil reserve level in three years, from […]

The Burden of “Non-Interference” – Linda Jakobson

From China Economic Quarterly, via Finnish Institute of International Affairs website: “Non-Interference” in the domestic affairs of other countries has long been one of the five sacred pillars of Chinese foreign policy. That doctrine was developed in the 1950s when China followed a policy of economic autarky. But it is proving to be a burden […]

Beijing Learns From Tokyo’s Clean Energy Habits – David Pilling and Mure Dickie

From Financial Times: Japan’s almost unparalleled dependence on imported resources to drive its economy has long forced it to focus on weaning itself off foreign oil, gas and coal. In the 1930s and 1940s its preferred – and ultimately disastrous – method was to grab those resources by imperial expansion in China and south-east Asia. […]

China in the Middle East

Two articles about China’s interests in the Persian Gulf region. First, from AP, an article about a renewed oil contract between China and Iraq first negotiated under Saddam Hussein: China and Iraq are reviving a 1997 deal worth US$1.2 billion (‚Ǩ850 million) signed by Beijing and Saddam Hussein’s government to develop an Iraqi oil field, […]

How Oil Fuels Sino-U.S. Fires – Erica S. Downs

From BusinessWeek, via The Brookings Institution: The emergence of China over the past decade as a major importer of oil has catapulted energy toward the top of the list of issues — up there with trade and Taiwan — that are major sources of friction in Sino-American relations. China’s rapidly rising demand for energy is […]

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