The Economics and Politics of China’s Energy Security Transition - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128151525

The Economics and Politics of China’s Energy Security Transition

1st Edition

Authors: Hongtu Zhao
Paperback ISBN: 9780128151525
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 14th September 2018
Page Count: 384
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The Economics and Politics of China’s Energy Security Transition clarifies China’s energy and foreign policies through a comprehensive examination of energy sources, providing an insider’s unique perspective for assessing China’s energy policies. China’s historic decline in coal consumption since 2013-2014 and a plateauing of its carbon dioxide emissions have given China an unprecedented opportunity to decarbonize while growing its economy. In response to global questions about China’s institutional, administrative, and political challenges and risks, this book provides the answers that everyone is asking.

Key Features

  • Provides a rare assessment of China’s energy policies and reveals insights into the Chinese government
  • Devotes attention to issues of global energy governance and energy sanctions
  • Includes data and reference content suitable for researchers in economics, sustainability, energy policy, geopolitics and political science


Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals working in energy economics and in China economics studies

Table of Contents

  1. Will Resources be Exhausted? "Infinite" Supply of Finite Resources
    2. Wars about Resources: Will Man Fight for Resources?
    3. Is "Energy Scrambling" a Matter of Control or Competition?
    4. Energy Crisis: Natural and Man-Made
    5. Energy Security: Independence or Interdependence?
    6. Energy Diplomacy: The End or the Means?
    7. "OPEC Complex:" Monopoly or Market?
    8. Petroleum as a Weapon: The Dulled Blades
    9. Is Energy China’s Achilles’ Heel?
    10. Overseas Investment: “Going Global” is Not the Same as “Bringing it Back”
    11. Maritime Safety: “The Malacca Dilemma” and “The String of Pearls”
    12. "China as a Threat to Energy": Mutual Strategic Distrust and Interaction
    13. Climate Change: Is Global Warming the End of the World?
    14. International Energy Transformation: Opportunities and Challenges
    15. Sustainable Development: Solution to Saving Not the Earth but Man


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About the Author

Hongtu Zhao

Dr. Hongtu Zhao, a research professor at Institute of World Economic Studies, part of the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), specializes in the study of energy and resource issues. His current field of study also encompasses global warming, unconventional security, and international political economics. A former visiting scholar in University of Wisconsin-Madison and Energy Charter Secretariat (located in Brussels), he has written and co-written several books, such as The Grand Chessboard of Global Energy and A Survey of International Strategic Resources.

Affiliations and Expertise

China Institute of Contermporary International Relations


"China’s adoption of new energy policies is shaping the global demand of fossil fuels. The book presents rich insights into China’s energy security dilemmas, politics, economics and the institutional mechanisms of an energy transition. A must-read book for energy strategists." --Commander (Dr.) Kapil Narula (Ret.), Indian Navy

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