CHINESE ENERGY DIPLOMACY IN CENTRAL ASIA: TRENDS AND PROSPECTS

CHINESE ENERGY DIPLOMACY IN CENTRAL ASIA: TRENDS AND PROSPECTS

THURSDAY, 25 OCTOBER
16:00–17.30 / HALL#3
NEW BUILDING

BY ELZBIETA MARIA PRON
UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
School of Contemporary Chinese Studies
OSCE Academy in Bishkek

 

 

 

 

Over the past 20 years China has acquired a position of a major partner of Central Asian energy markets. Today, China is a second largest oil importer from Kazakhstan, important player in Turkmen and Uzbek gas sector, and an investor in Tajik and Kyrgyz energy transportation.

This lecture looks at Chinese energy relationships with states in the region. It examines the geopolitical context of the energy cooperation between China and Central Asia. While the bilateral energy relations will remain the main corridor in the near future, China is actively promoting the multilateral framework of the SCO Energy Club. This shift in Chinese energy diplomacy derives from the new geopolitical conditions after 2011, its increasing domestic demands and a relative vulnerability vis-à-vis its energy partners.