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
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.