January 23, 2012

Asia's Quest for Energy Security

Int'l Institute for Strategic Studies, International Institute for Strategic Studies

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As Asia's rising powers seek to sustain growth and ensure stability, energy security has moved to the forefront of Asian geopolitics. The recent visit by China's Prime Minister Wen Jiabao to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar was as much about ensuring energy security for China as it was about China playing a role in maintaining political stability in the Middle East.

The visit came against the backdrop of the growing threat of United States-led oil-export sanctions against Iran and China's need to secure alternative sources of oil and gas. But its unstated purpose was to bolster China's rising profile in the Persian Gulf and the Muslim world.

Having faced a pushback in East and Southeast Asia after the US enunciated a new strategic framework for...

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