China is becoming an increasingly engaged actor globally. Beijing’s concerns about energy security has led it to search for less risky sources of oil than places like Sudan, leading it to investigate Russian and Venezuelan energy exports. It has also been building pipelines in places like Myanmar and Russia, boosting interdependency while exposing itself to energy risks. Meanwhile, Beijing works to reform energy governance, seeking to quickly acquire technological expertise and managerial experience to hydraulically fracture shale and produce a shale revolution of its own. Bo Kong, Andrew Weiss, and Matt Ferchen explored China’s methods for, and implications of, collaborations with various countries around the world.
Andrew S. Weiss is vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he oversees research in Washington and Moscow on Russia and Eurasia. Prior to joining Carnegie, he was director of the RAND Corporation’s Center for Russia and Eurasia and executive director of the RAND Business Leaders Forum.
Bo Kong is the ConocoPhillips Petroleum professor of Chinese and Asian studies and assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma’s College of International Studies. He is also senior fellow of the Foreign Policy Institute of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), senior associate in the Energy and National Security Program of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
Matt Ferchen specializes in China’s political-economic relations with emerging economies. At the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, he runs a program on China’s economic and political relations with the developing world.