Geopolitical Economy of Energy and Environment

China and the European Union


This book is the product of a joint research program between the Institute of West Asia & African Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing and the Energy Program Asia of the International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden University. China’s transition to an urban-industrial society relies on its abundant domestic coal supplies, and on an increase in oil and gas imports. However, authorities are confronted with trade-offs between investments in expanding supplies of fossils, environmental sustainability, energy efficiency and in clean energy. Resources spent on expanding imported energy have to weighted against clean energy investments and improving efficiency of the fossil-fuel sector. The same is no less true for the European Union and its member states. Import dependency on piped gas is again growing. Security of supply of natural gas depends on political cooperation with energy-rich countries. At the same the EU has to meet its clean energy commitments by compromises between member states and ‘Brussels’. Chinese National Oil Companies bridge the worlds of government in China and the extractive sector in hydrocarbon exporting-countries. At the global level, Chinese (Trans-)National Oil Companies maintain competitive and cooperative relations with privately owned International Oil companies. This book focuses, among others, on these networks with the objective to contribute to the study of the geopolitical economy of the energy sectors in the global system.

Contributors are: M.P. Amineh, Eric K. Chu, Wina H.J. Crijns-Graus, Robert Cutler, Li Xiaohua, Liu Dong, Chen Mo, Nana de Graaff, Joyeeta Gupta, Sara Hardus, Barbara Hogenboom, Sun Hongbo and Yang Guang.

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Mehdi P. Amineh is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), University of Leiden, the Netherlands and Program Director of the Energy Program Asia (EPA) at the same institute. He is also Adjunct Professor of International Relations at Webster University, Leiden, Senior lecturer and affiliated fellow at the Amsterdam International School for Social Science Research (AISSR), University of Amsterdam.

Yang Guang is Director-General and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of West Asian and African Studies, Professor and Dean of the department for Asian-African Studies at the graduate school of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS).
"[...] this thorough study is recommended to students interested in the supply of energy to China and the EU." - Henk Houweling, in: China Information , Vol. 33, Issue 1, pp. 115-116

"[...] high quality of research in the contributions to this book, presenting factual information as well as analyses of economic and political strategies by governments and oil companies that encompass major regions of strategic importance not only to the great powers, but also the economies and societies of countries that may not directly participate in the ‘great games’ of the major players."
- Kurt Radtke, in:, May 2018
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Geopolitical Economy of Energy and Environment: China and the European Union—Introduction to the Volume
Mehdi P. Amineh and Yang Guang

Part 1: The Transnationalization of Chinese-National Oil Companies

1 Energy and Geopolitical Economy in China: Theory and Concepts
Mehdi P. Amineh and Yang Guang
2 The Dual Face of China’s ‘Going Global’. Transnationalizing National Oil Companies, Elites, and Global Networks
Nana de Graaff
3 China’s Resource Demand and Market Opportunities in the Middle East: Policies and Operations in Iran and Iraq
Liu Dong
4 Strategies and Interactions in the Transnationalization of China’s National Oil Companies—The Cases of CNOOC and Sinopec in Ghana
Sarah Hardus
5 The Transnationalization Strategy of Chinese National Oil Companies with Case Studies of Sudan and Saudi Arabia
Chen Mo
6 Chinese Influences and the Governance of Oil in Latin America the Cases of Venezuela, Brazil, and Ecuador
Barbara Hogenboom
7 Actors and their Interactions in the Sino-Venezuelan Oil Cooperation Model
Sun Hongbo
8 Foundation of the East Central Eurasian Hydrocarbon Energy Complex: The Role of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, and Their National Oil Companies
Robert Cutler

Part 2: Environment, Climate Change and Renewable Energy Resources the European Union and China

9 The Geo-Ecological Risks of Oil Investments by China and the Global South: The Right to Development Revisited
Joyeeta Gupta, Eric Chu, Kyra Bos, and Tessel Kuijten
10 Energy Transition and the Conflicts and Cooperation between China and EU Member States in Renewable Energy Fields—A Case Study of the Photovoltaic Industry
Li Xiaohua

Part 3: Energy and Geopolitics: The European Union Energy Supply Security and Geopolitics

11 Geopolitical Economy of Energy Security in the European Union the Persian Gulf, the Caspian Region and China
Mehdi P. Amineh and Wina H.J. Crijns-Graus

All those interested in the geopolitical economy of fosil-fuels, as well as alternative energy resources and environment, mainly related to China and EU.