A secure supply of energy is essential for all nations, to sustain their economy, and indeed their very survival. This subject is especially important in the case of China, as China’s booming economy and consequent demand for energy is affecting the whole world, and in turn potentially driving realignments in international relations. Moreover, as this book argues, energy security should be considered more broadly, to include issues of sustainability, environmental protection and the domestic organisation of energy policy and energy supply. This book presents a comprehensive picture of China’s energy security. It covers all energy sectors – coal, oil, gas, renewables; international relations with all major sources of energy supply – the Middle East, Central Asia, Africa; and key areas of domestic policy making and supply.
"Finally, an important feature of the book is the methodological innovation. Many of the contributors are experts in the energy field, while others have more specifi c knowledge of Chinese energy security politics and policies. As such, the data and analyses provided represent an original mixture. This volume is valuable for all scholars and students with an interest in China’s energy policies, but particularly for policymakers and specialists concerned about getting a real understanding of China’s intricate dynamics, actors and processes in the field of energy security."
Silvia Menegazzi, Department of Political Science, LUISS Guido Carli University, The International Spectator
1. Introduction: From "shaping" to "framing" China’s energy security and the example of the oil policy
Jean-François Di Meglio, Giulia C.Romano
2 Coal Resources and Coal Utilisation in China
Liu Zhi, Wang Zhe
3. Gas in China’s Energy Security Strategy: Threat of a New Form of Dependency?
Giulia C. Romano, Yin Na, Xuanxuan Zhang
4. Low-Carbon Energy in China's Energy Security Strategy
Benjamin Denjean, Cyril Cassisa
5. Conflicts in the South China Sea: Energy Resources, ASEAN, and the Question of Regional Stability
6. China and the Middle East: Moving Beyond Energy Trade
7. China’s New Energy Haven: Opportunities and Challenges in Central Asia
Vanessa Boas, Olga A. Spaiser
8. China’s Energy Security and Sino-African Energy Cooperation
Ka-ho Yu, Yunheng Zhou
9. Decentralised energy resources as a challenge to the secular top-down paradigm of energy production?
10. Controlling the growth of China’s power consumption through industrial energy efficiency as pillar of national energy security
11. The Energy Transition and Energy Security of Cities: the Urban Dimension of Chinese Energy Issues