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Sino-Russian Energy Relations

Erica S. Downs

in The Future of China-Russia Relations

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125633
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135359 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125633.003.0006
Sino-Russian Energy Relations

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This chapter explores the current state of China–Russia energy trade. It then addresses the forces of convergence and divergence shaping their energy relations. Next, the role that energy plays in the broader bilateral relationship and some of the factors that might strengthen or weaken energy cooperation between China and Russia are discussed. Whether and when China and Russia develop closer energy relations may depend on several factors, including changes in world oil prices, China's willingness to pay more for natural gas, China's willingness to play by Russia's “rules of the game” for energy cooperation, and Russian concerns about the “China threat”. These factors are also specifically described.

Keywords: China; Russia; energy relations; energy trade; convergence; divergence; bilateral relationship; oil prices; natural gas

Chapter.  11460 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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