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JSPES, Vol. 35, No. 1 (Summer 2010)
pp. 137-166

China’s Energy Security: Challenges and Opportunities

Gawdat Bahgat

Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies
National Defense University
Washington, DC

China is the world’s most populous country and in the last few decades has had the fastest growing economy. In order to meet China’s large population’s needs and to sustain its economic growth, Beijing has pursued a multi-dimensional strategy. The goal is to ensure sustainable and affordable energy supplies. The rise of China as a major player on the global energy scene has significant geo-political and geo-economic ramifications. This study examines China’s efforts to diversify its energy mix and geographical suppliers.