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CCTR New Book "Sino-US Energy Triangle"

Publisher: Routledge


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 (US), 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.


Philip Andrews-Speed, Principal Fellow at the Energy Studies Institute of the National University of Singapore.

John W. Garver, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Institute of Technology. 
Yufan Hao, Chair Professor of Political Science and Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences at University of Macau. 
Mikkal Herberg, Research Director on Asian energy security at The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR). Senior Lecturer on international energy and politics, Graduate School of International Relations and
Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego.
Wenran Jiang, Director of Canada–China Energy and Environment Forum.
Susana Moreira, Extractive Industries Specialist, World Bank. 

Sébastien Peyrouse, Research Professor at the Central Asia Program in the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (George Washington University).
Sonja Regler, Program Manager with EULEX in Kosovo.

Yitzhak Shichor, former Head of the Tel-Hai Academic College, and Fellow at the Institute of National Security Studies, Tel Aviv.
Ian Taylor, Professor in International Relations and African Politics at the University of St Andrews and also Chair Professor in the School of International Studies, Renmin University of China.
Nicholas Thomas, Associate Professor in the Department of Asian and International Studies, City University of Hong Kong.
Alex Vines, head of the Africa Programme at Chatham House and a senior lecturer and Co-Director of the African Studies Centre at Coventry University.
Cynthia Watson, Professor of Strategy, National War College, Washington D.C.
David Zweig, Chair Professor, Division of Social Science, and Director, Center on Environment, Energy and Resource Policy at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Zweig, Hao et. al, 2015. "Sino-US Energy Triangle" forthcoming in summer.

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