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China's Global Quest for Resources

Energy, Food and Water, 1st Edition

Edited by Fengshi Wu, Hongzhou Zhang


190 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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The world’s key resources of energy, food and water, which are closely connected and interdependent on each other, are coming under increasing pressure, as a result of increasing population, development and climate change. In the case of China, following its recent economic surge, energy, food and water are already nearing the point of shortage. This book considers how China is working to avoid shortages of energy, food and water, and the effect this is having internationally. Subjects covered include domestic policy debates on China’s resource strategies, challenges for managing transboundary waters related to China, responses from various regions and countries to China’s ‘Go Out’ strategy, and China’s increasing energy links with Russia and declining agricultural trade with the United States. The book concludes by discussing in comparative perspective China’s outward resource acquisition activities and the consequent policy implications.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: a rising China and the future of world resources, Fengshi Wu and Hongzhou Zhang

Part I. Domestic Origins of China’s ‘Go Out’ Policies

2. China’s food security strategy reform: an emerging global agricultural policy, Hongzhou Zhang and Guoqiang Cheng

3. Debating energy security in China: ideas and policy options, Daojiong Zha

4. China and shared water resources: geopolitics, domestic institutions and global Governance, Zhifei Li and Fengshi Wu

Part II. Global Implications of China’s Resource Quest

5. Rethinking security and space in Upper Mekong transboundary water projects, Lynn Thiesmeyer

6. Food in Sino-U.S. relations: from blessing to curse? Hongzhou Zhang

7. China’s energy interests in Central Asia and Russia: symbiotic distrust and striking a balance between cooperation and confrontation, Alessandro Arduino

8. China’s energy quest in Southeast Asia: ‘Mercantilist Rise’ debated, Hong Zhao

9. Sowing more than soybeans?:Latin America and the Caribbean’s changing relations with China in agriculture and food production, Adriana Erthal Abdenur

10. Conclusion: findings and notes for policy advocates, Fengshi Wu

About the Editors

WU Fengshi is an Associate Professor in the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

ZHANG Hongzhou is an Associate Research Fellow in the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

About the Series

China Policy Series

With the rise of China and its impact on the world, interest in China has increased drastically in recent years. This series focuses on policy-oriented research and scholarly works with policy implications, on all aspects of contemporary Chinese economy, politics, society, environment, journalism and cultures.  It also covers China’s foreign relations with major international organizations such as the United Nations, World Trade Organization, and World Bank, and major powers such as the United States, European Union (and its member states), Japan and others.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies