Academic journal article Air & Space Power Journal

"Oil for the Lamps of China"-Beijing's 21st-Century Search for Energy

Academic journal article Air & Space Power Journal

"Oil for the Lamps of China"-Beijing's 21st-Century Search for Energy

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"Oil for the Lamps of China"-Beijing's 21st-Century Search for Energy, McNair Paper no. 67, by Bernard D. Cole. Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University (http:// www.ndu.edu/inss/press/nduphp.html), Building 62, 300 5th Avenue, Fort McNair, Washington, DC 20319-5066, 2003, 95 pages. http://www.ndu.edu/inss/mcnair/mcnair67/01_toc.htm.

This study provides an exceptionally comprehensive examination of the energy sector in China. It examines the forces that are creating the growing appetite for energy, the types of energy available and currently used, the drivers of policy, and the organizations and infrastructure that implement the various strategies. In many ways, the need for energy and the response to that need may presage future conflicts over a potentially scarce resource, as many economically underdeveloped nations attempt to create modern economies.

Professor Cole describes the significance of China's increasing dependence on both foreign energy and foreign investment to sustain economic growth. His careful elucidation of the role of different types of energy (oil, coal, natural gas, alternative, etc. …

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