1st Edition

The Chinese Shadow on India’s Eastward Engagement The Energy Security Dimension

Edited By Sanjay K. Bhardwaj Copyright 2021
    328 Pages 49 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    328 Pages 49 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    328 Pages 49 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    India, one of the largest importers of oil in the world, has been diversifying its energy resource options and moving towards greater energy security. This book analyses India’s potential for building energy ties in the Asia–Pacific considering the global and regional power politics. Facing China’s growing influence in Asia, India’s eastward engagement with its extended neighbours has been entrenched in its Act East Policy and institutional commitments towards Southeast Asia.

    This volume focuses on diverse facets of energy security beyond the traditional understanding of demand and supply and price and stability. It examines India’s energy sector, its dependence on hydrocarbons, and the push towards renewable and alternate energy resources. It further looks at the strategic importance of the Indian Ocean and South China Sea regions in geopolitical negotiations from an energy perspective and how China’s influence in the region will affect India’s moves towards greater energy cooperation with the countries of East Asia.

    With contributions by leading experts, the volume seeks to fill a major void in this theme and cater to the needs of a variety of audiences including academics, policymakers and experts in international relations, geopolitics and geoeconomics, and professionals in the field of energy studies.


    Part I Energy security policy: Debates in India

    1 India’s energy security contours

    2 India’s energy security in the era of global energy transition

    3 Challenges and strategy for an energy secure India

    4 Energy efficiency and clean energy transitions in India: What do these mean for climate change mitigation?

    5 Low-carbon energy security for India: Exploring Asia-Pacific energy cooperation

    Part II India’s Act East policy and energy cooperation

    6 India’s energy cooperation with Southeast Asia under Act East policy

    7 India’s Act East policy: The energy dimension

    8 India’s energy trade with Southeast Asia: Opportunities and challenges

    9 ASEAN–India energy cooperation: Current status and future scope of cooperation

    Part III India–China: Geo-politics of energy cooperation

    10 Deconstruction of regions: Emerging role of subregional cooperation in Asia

    11 China's energy cooperation with Southeast and South Asia

    12 Factoring Northeast Asia in India’s energy security

    13 The 'Belt and Road Initiative' and India–China energy cooperation and competition

    14 Geo-politics of South China Sea: The energy perspective


    Sanjay K. Bhardwaj is Professor of South Asian Studies and the Energy Studies Programme at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He was Chairperson at the Centre for South Asian Studies and Director of the Energy Studies Programme at SIS, JNU. He specialises in India’s foreign policy, energy security, politico-security and economic issues of India and South Asia, Southeast Asia and East Asia.