The Newsletter 51 Summer 2009

EU-China energy relations and geopolitics. Challenges for cooperation

Frank Umbach

Beijing’s rapidly rising import dependencies on energy and raw materials have numerous consequences for foreign, security and defence policies, as its policies to the EU or to the Iranian nuclear question have demonstrated during the last years. The EU, China, India and others may compete for the same energy resources in the Middle East, Russia and Central Asia. Whether they follow a ‘market strategy’ or a ‘strategic approach’ may ultimately decide whether they are able to cooperate for regional and global energy security or whether they will increasingly compete.

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