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The Hungry Dragon: How China∆s Resource Quest is Reshaping the World

ISBN: 9781857436860 | 1857436865
Edition: 1st
Format: Nonspecific Binding
Publisher: Routledge
Pub. Date: 1/11/2013

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This book explores China's quest for energy sources, raw materials and natural resources around the world, with a specific emphasis on oil. China's ubiquitous presence in Africa, Asia and Latin America is reshaping the world with regards to economics, politics and national security. It offers a comprehensive examination of China's energy security strategy. The first two chapters delve into Chinese relations with energy markets and the world, and the global geopolitics of China's resource quest. This introductory section is complemented by three in-depth country case studies: Angola, Brazil and Cambodia. The two concluding chapters cover opportunities and risks to China, and examine how strategies can be developed into tangible actions. The volume also examines a number of overlapping debates regarding the varieties of capitalisms (autocratic vs.democratic), the urgent need for rebalancing as the world undergoes global financial crises and contestations to traditional powers, and the issues surrounding natural resource extraction in the context of global governance, neoliberalism and poverty traps. Key Features ∑ Offers an in-depth analysis on the geopolitics of China's resource quest. ∑ Assists students and scholars in understanding the Chinese model of autocratic capitalism and China's novel ways of securing resources across three continents. ∑ Explains China's energy security strategy and its implications on US national security. ∑ Explores the links between international relations and the geopolitics of scarcity.


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