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The Economics and Politics of China's Energy Security Transition

  • Book
  • September 2018
  • Region: China
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
  • ID: 4519458

The Economics and Politics of China's Energy Security Transition clarifies China's energy and foreign policies through a comprehensive examination of energy sources, providing an insider's unique perspective for assessing China's energy policies. China's historic decline in coal consumption since 2013-2014 and a plateauing of its carbon dioxide emissions have given China an unprecedented opportunity to decarbonize while growing its economy. In response to global questions about China's institutional, administrative, and political challenges and risks, this book provides the answers that everyone is asking.

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Table of Contents

1. Will Resources Be Exhausted?-"Infinite” Supply of Finite Resources
2. "Resource War”: Will Mankind Fight for Resources?
3. Resource Contention: Resource Control or Market Competition?
4. Energy Crisis: "Natural Disaster” and "Man-Made Calamity”
5. Energy Security: From Energy Independence to Energy Interdependence
6. Energy Diplomacy: From "Bilateral Diplomacy” to "Global Energy Governance”
7. Energy: The "Achilles' Heel” of China?
8. Overseas Investment: "Going-Out” Not Equal to "Taking-Back”
9. Maritime Transportation Security: "Malacca Dilemma” and "Strings of Pearls”
10. "China Energy Threat Theory”: Strategic Mutual Suspicion and Interaction
11. China's Energy Strategy: From "Self-Reliance” to "Energy Revolution”
12. Climate Change and Sustainable Development
13. International Energy Transformation: Bright Future and Tortuous Road
14. "Beautiful China”: "Chinese Dream” of Green Development


Hongtu Zhao China Institute of Contermporary International Relations. Dr. Hongtu Zhao, a research professor at Institute of World Economic Studies, part of the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), specializes in the study of energy and resource issues. His current field of study also encompasses global warming, unconventional security, and international political economics. A former visiting scholar in University of Wisconsin-Madison and Energy Charter Secretariat (located in Brussels), he has written and co-written several books, such as The Grand Chessboard of Global Energy and A Survey of International Strategic Resources.