The remarkable performance of the Chinese economy in the last three decades has placed China at the centre of the world stage. In 1993, China became a net importer of energy, although it was not until the early 2000s that the world began to pay more attention to China's energy needs and its potential impact on the world. With China's energy search occurring within a hegemonic global structure dominated by the United States, the US watches with interest as China enhances its ties with energy-rich states.
The book examines this triangular relationship and questions whether the US and China are in competition regarding access to the energy of a third state, within the context of a potential power transition. It includes case studies on China's energy relationship with countries such as Canada, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Brazil, Kazakhstan, Iran, Sudan and Venezuela and aims to understand the way a rising power interacts with the existing leading power and the possible outcome of this competition. The analytical framework employed helps the reader to understand not only the nature and pattern of triangles among US, China and the Resource Rich States under `resource diplomacy', but also the salient features of US-China competition around the world.
Making an impressive contribution to the literature in fields such as US-China relations, international relations, Chinese foreign policy and global energy geopolitics, this book will appeal to students and scholars of these subjects.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 284
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
"The China-US triangular energy partnership explored here is a concept which expands our conventional wisdom of the bilateral relations between the two powers, and their interactions with other countries: issues which respectively we have to tackle today and tomorrow. "
Xiaojie Xu, World Energy China Outlook, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
"David Zweig and Yufan Hao are to be congratulated for conceptualizing this important book on an understudied but key aspect of US-China relations, and they have assembled a top-flight group of expert contributors. The volume is filled with important data and insights and is further evidence of the truly global nature of Sino-American relations today. This volume should be carefully read not only by scholars, but also by energy industry practitioners."
David Shambaugh, George Washington University & The Brookings Institution, USA
"Sino-U.S. Energy Triangles examines the international political consequences of China's growing presence in the economies and politics of resource rich exporting countries. With the rise of China, the country's growing reliance on imported energy resources is increasingly important for international politics and U.S.-China relations. The contributors are all specialists in their fields and they address Chinese activity in those countries most important to the international politics of energy. Sino-U.S. Energy Triangles makes a valuable contribution to the literature on the rise of China, China's growing importance in international energy politics, and international politics of international energy resource completion."
Robert Ross, Harvard University, USA
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