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Modelling 'resource diplomacy' under hegemony: The triangular nature of Sino-US energy relations

Authors Zweig, David Stephen
Issue Date 2015
Source Sino-U.S. Energy Triangles: Resource Diplomacy Under Hegemony , /Edited by David Zweig,Yufan Hao.Routledge,2015,p.19-37
Summary Today's international power structure can be characterized as unipolar with a somewhat declining US hegemon facing a rapidly rising China. To maintain its rapid growth, China must engage in 'resource diplomacy'and seek resources and energy from resource rich states (RRS) around the globe. The hegemon, however, has interests in all corners of the world where China's resource search is ongoing, turning China's bilateral ties into triangular ones, with the US as the third partner. This paper proposes that a triangular model composed of the US,China and the RRS reflects an excellent framework through which to analyze China's global search for energy and the US's response.It helps us understand the US and China's efforts to enhance their own energy security and the response of the RRS to that competition and to project whether energy competition will lead to cooperation,competition or even conflict between the US and China.
ISBN 978-131767786-4
Language English
Format Book chapter
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