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China's Energy Relations with the Developing World [Kindle Edition]

Manochehr Dorraj , Carrie Liu Currier

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"This book offers a variety of excellent essays that cover many new developments in China's quest for energy security, its energy strategies, and its interactions abroad in the developing world, with regional coverage of Middle East, Central Asia, Africa, and Latin America as playing fields, and country coverage of China, Russia, the United States, Japan, and India as key players in those regions. This book is a must for energy policy analysts and scholars dealing with China's foreign policy behavior in the developing world. The insights offered by the authors would be invaluable for understanding China's quest for energy security abroad."—Sujian Guo, Professor of Political Science and Director of Center for US-China Policy Studies at San Francisco State University

Many commentators have grappled with the strategic implications of China's resource drive in the developing world. Few however have done this as eloquently and thoughtfully as the contributors to the volume edited by Currier and Dorraj. It offers a wealth of solid knowledge and sharp insights into the evolution, patterns, and practices of China's pursuit of energy security. Apart from examining rigorously the history, regional contexts, and prospective trajectories of Beijing's global outlook, the collection provides a revealing and pioneering engagement with China's own unique juncture between the developing and developed worlds. In this setting, while provocatively contending that energy security is an ongoing quest rather than an attainable end-state, the volume offers a much-needed reconsideration of the conceptual and policy outlines of China's emerging international agency. The analysis of Beijing's increasing interest and investment in the developing world demonstrates that the dominant Western view of China as either a friend or a foe obscures the nuances of what is ultimately a much more complex Chinese involvement in the dynamics of global politics. Thus, to the buffs of Chinese foreign policy, the volume edited by Currier and Dorraj offers a superbly researched account of both the analytical and empirical engagement with Beijing's international agency. To the neophytes, it makes available a rarely comprehensive glimpse into China's energy relations with the developing world. It is expected therefore that the scope and depth of the volume will be invaluable for the purposes of both teaching and further analysis of the ongoing transformations in global life as a result of increasing prominence of China's external outreach. - Emilian Kavalski - Lecturer in Politics and International Relations School of Humanities and Languages/ Centre for Citizenship and Public Policy University of Western Sydney

(Emilian Kavalski)

"The book impresses by its breadth of regional coverage and wealth of details on foreign relations centered on China's energy policy and oil and gas investments abroad. Informed by theories of international relations and energy economics, the chapter contributors provide interpretative overviews of the recent diplomatic entanglements of insatiable Chinese energy demand and foreign oil producers who are more than willing to feed it.
The chapters focusing on growing Chinese economic relations in the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa make a particularly strong impact, in carefully qualifying the conventional state-centric perspective on energy security with considerations of market trends, technological shocks, linkages to environmental and trade issues, and interstate dynamics that define the window of opportunity for China's shifting international energy supply and asset portfolios. The authors provide a useful reminder that China's economic relationships with India, Japan, and Russia cannot be reduced to a simple characterization of competition or cooperation. Elsewhere in developing countries where Chinese leaders have cultivated tremendous goodwill, aid and foreign direct investment, we need to be keenly aware of the hidden risks and fluidity in these contingent partnerships.
More generally, policymakers should be advised to consider the question of whether the interests of various domestic and international stakeholders in China's economic expansionism could be brought into alignment through a carefully crafted series of mutually beneficial home-host country relations. Scholars wishing to contribute to an important and underdeveloped research agenda and business persons seeking to deepen their global vision of China's energy needs will be well served by this volume." - Dr Kun-Chin Lin, Lecturer, King's China Institute, King's College London

"This book offers a variety of excellent essays that cover many new developments in China’s quest for energy security, its energy strategies, and its interactions abroad in the developing world, with regional coverage of Middle East, Central Asia, Africa, and Latin America as playing fields, and country coverage of China, Russia, the United States, Japan, and India as key players in those regions. This book is a must for energy policy analysts and scholars dealing with China’s foreign policy behavior in the developing world. The insights offered by the authors would be invaluable for understanding China’s quest for energy security abroad."—Sujian Guo, Professor of Political Science and Director of Center for US-China Policy Studies at San Francisco State University

Many commentators have grappled with the strategic implications of China's resource drive in the developing world. Few however have done this as eloquently and thoughtfully as the contributors to the volume edited by Currier and Dorraj. It offers a wealth of solid knowledge and sharp insights into the evolution, patterns, and practices of China's pursuit of energy security. Apart from examining rigorously the history, regional contexts, and prospective trajectories of Beijing's global outlook, the collection provides a revealing and pioneering engagement with China's own unique juncture between the developing and developed worlds. In this setting, while provocatively contending that energy security is an ongoing quest rather than an attainable end-state, the volume offers a much-needed reconsideration of the conceptual and policy outlines of China's emerging international agency. The analysis of Beijing's increasing interest and investment in the developing world demonstrates that the dominant Western view of China as either a friend or a foe obscures the nuances of what is ultimately a much more complex Chinese involvement in the dynamics of global politics. Thus, to the buffs of Chinese foreign policy, the volume edited by Currier and Dorraj offers a superbly researched account of both the analytical and empirical engagement with Beijing's international agency. To the neophytes, it makes available a rarely comprehensive glimpse into China's energy relations with the developing world. It is expected therefore that the scope and depth of the volume will be invaluable for the purposes of both teaching and further analysis of the ongoing transformations in global life as a result of increasing prominence of China's external outreach. - Emilian Kavalski - Lecturer in Politics and International Relations School of Humanities and Languages/ Centre for Citizenship and Public Policy University of Western Sydney

(Sanford Lakoff)

About the Author

Carrie Liu Currier is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Asian Studies at Texas Christian University. Her research interests are focused on China's economic reform policies to understand how developing countries are adapting to the demands of globalization. Her publications include several articles in the American Journal of Chinese Studies, Journal of Chinese Political Science, Politics and Policy. Manochehr Dorraj is Professor of Political Science at Texas Christian University where he teaches courses on International Relations, Globalization, Politics of Developing Nations, and the Politics of the Middle East and North Africa. He has published extensively on Third World and Middle East development issues and their foreign relations.

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  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (January 20, 2011)
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Dr. Andrew S. Erickson is an Associate Professor in the Strategic Research Department at the U.S. Naval War College and a core founding member of the department's China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI). Since 2008, he has been an Associate in Research at Harvard University's John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. Erickson also serves as an expert contributor to the Wall Street Journal's China Real Time Report (中国实时报), for which he has authored or coauthored 29 articles.

Erickson is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2012, the National Bureau of Asian Research awarded him the inaugural Ellis Joffe Prize for PLA Studies. During academic year 2010-11, Erickson was a Fellow in the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program in residence at Harvard's Center for Government and International Studies. From 2008-11, he was a Fellow in the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations' Public Intellectuals Program, and served as a scholar escort on a five-Member Congressional trip to Beijing, Qingdao, Chengdu, and Shanghai. He has also helped escort the Commander of China's Navy and his delegation on a visit to Harvard.

In addition to advising a wide range of student research and providing curricular inputs, Erickson has taught courses at the Naval War College and Yonsei University. In 2013, he deployed in the Pacific as a Regional Security Education Program scholar aboard USS Nimitz (CVN68), Carrier Strike Group 11. Erickson has lectured extensively at government, academic, and private sector institutions throughout the United States and Asia. He has briefed the U.S. Chief of Naval Operations and his Executive Panel, as well as the Secretary of the Navy, other Executive Branch officials, and multiple Members of Congress; and testified before the House Armed Services Committee (Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee) and the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. He has provided inputs for, and reviews of, various government reports. Erickson previously worked for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) as a Chinese translator and technical analyst. He has also worked at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong, the U.S. Senate, and the White House. Proficient in Mandarin Chinese and Japanese, he has traveled extensively in Asia and has lived in China, Japan, and Korea.

Erickson received his Ph.D. and M.A. in international relations and comparative politics from Princeton University and graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College with a B.A. in history and political science. He has studied Mandarin in the Princeton in Beijing program at Beijing Normal University's College of Chinese Language and Culture and Japanese language, politics, and economics in the year-long Associated Kyoto Program at Doshisha University.

Erickson's research, which focuses on Asia-Pacific defense, international relations, technology, and resource issues, has been published widely in English- and Chinese-language edited volumes and in such peer-reviewed journals as China Quarterly, Asian Security, Journal of Strategic Studies, Orbis, Asia Policy, Pacific Focus, China Security, and Acta Astronautica; as well as in Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, The American Interest, Foreign Policy, Joint Force Quarterly, IHS Jane's, China International Strategy Review (Chinese- and English-language editions), and International and Strategic Studies Report (Center for International and Strategic Studies, Peking University). Erickson has also published annotated translations of several Chinese articles on maritime strategy. Most recently, his coauthored Foreign Affairs.com article, "Not-So-Empty Talk: The Danger of China's 'New Type of Great-Power Relations' Slogan," has been read widely in U.S. and Asian policy circles.

Erickson is the author of Chinese Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile Development (2013). National Defense University Press recently published his coauthored book, Assessing China's Cruise Missile Ambitions (2014). He is coauthor of three additional volumes: a Jamestown Foundation study analyzing the impact of antipiracy deployments on China's blue water presence (forthcoming 2014) as well as of the CMSI monographs Chinese Antipiracy Operations in the Gulf of Aden (2013) and Chinese Mine Warfare (2009). Erickson is editor of the forthcoming Proceedings of the Forty-Seventh History Symposium of the International Academy of Astronautics. He is coeditor of, and a contributor to, eight volumes: Basing and Forward Presence in the Asia-Pacific (2014); the five-volume Naval Institute Press book series, "Studies in Chinese Maritime Development," comprising Chinese Aerospace Power (2011), China, the U.S., and 21st Century Sea Power (2010), China Goes to Sea (2009), China's Energy Strategy (2008), and China's Future Nuclear Submarine Force (2007); as well as the CMSI volume China's Near Seas Combat Capabilities (2014), and the Naval War College Newport Paper China's Nuclear Force Modernization (2005).

Erickson's work has been cited widely in scholarly publications and reports from the U.S. government and think tanks such as RAND and the Brookings Institution. It is also featured in a broad range of television, radio, and Internet forums such as CNN, C-SPAN, the BBC, and the John Batchelor Show. Erickson has been quoted extensively in numerous newspapers, magazines, and online sources, including Wired, Bloomberg, The Economist, and The New York Times.

Erickson is co-founder of China SignPost™ 洞察中国 (www.chinasignpost.com), a research newsletter and web portal that covers key developments in Greater China, with particular focus on natural resource, technology, industry, and trade issues. He has coauthored 80 China SignPost™ reports. Links to these, and his other publications, can be found at China Analysis from Original Sources 以第一手资料研究中国 (www.andrewerickson.com), a website that posts and curates analyses, many based on Chinese-language sources not previously assessed by foreign observers, to offer insights into China and its impact on the world.

Specialties

China's military and foreign policy
Japan/Asia-Pacific security and international relations
Chinese defense science, technology, and industry
Maritime and aerospace technology development, history and current status
Energy, resources, and geostrategy
Military basing and power projection
Sino-American relations and contemporary policy issues

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