The Newsletter 51 Summer 2009

Securing China's oil supply. From Saudi Arabia to Sudan

Mo CHEN

Despite China’s endeavours to keep away from oil, it is indisputable that in the coming decades, it will remain a crucial energy source for the nation. Likewise, during the last 20 years, China’s oil supply has relied heavily on imports, with import volumes outstripping output. China’s future oil imports are dependent on the Middle East and Africa, with countries in those areas, such as Saudi Arabia and Sudan, serving as chief sources of China’s oil supply. But cooperation must inevitably involve the restructuring of geo-political relations.