China’s massive energy demands are expected to keep growing as its oil fields continue...
Mar 22, 2013
On the first stop of his first trip abroad as China’s president, Xi Jinping met with Russian president Vladimir Putin today in Moscow. U.S. News reports on the grand welcome that met the Chinese head-of-state, and the...
Jan 19, 2012
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....
Apr 25, 2010
The New York Times reports that the junta who took control of Niger after a coup against Mamadou Tandja is picking up where he left off in his relationship with China: The junta has said broadly that it may adjust any deals made...
Oct 16, 2009
The Times has more details about the controversial mining deal recently signed between Guinea’s pariah military regime and Beijing: China is preparing to throw the junta in Guinea a lifeline in the form of a...
Sep 21, 2009
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...
Aug 28, 2008
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...
Mar 14, 2008
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...
Jan 2, 2008
From the Christian Science Monitor: One country’s motivation is political, the other’s pragmatic. Venezuela is seeking a strategic geopolitical alliance, China a steady supply of energy. A new oil exploration deal between the two countries – China’s largest single investment in an overseas energy project to date – makes US officials nervous. But with Chinese […]
Dec 26, 2007
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 […]
Nov 18, 2007
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 […]
Oct 16, 2007
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 […]
Sep 18, 2007
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 […]
Sep 12, 2007
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 […]
Jul 15, 2007
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 […]
Apr 13, 2007
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. […]
Oct 28, 2006
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 (‚Ç¨850 million) signed by Beijing and Saddam Hussein’s government to develop an Iraqi oil field, […]
Sep 4, 2006
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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