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The Geopolitics of Energy Security: China’s energy interest in ASEAN countries
Both China and ASEAN countries envisaged high economic growth rates for several years with economic growth tied to stable supplies of energy resources. The upheavals and instability in the Middle East has strengthen China’s perception that energy reserves available in Southeast Asia and the South China Sea could become China’s most reliable resources.
The central argument of this paper is that Southeast Asia is a strategic region for China’s energy security. Therefore, the paper tries to assess China’s energy interests in the ASEAN countries. To serve our analysis, we assess the energy profiles of each ASEAN member states, the Chinese energy investments in Southeast Asia, and China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea.
Finally, we present several policy recommendations with regards to the energy cooperation between the ASEAN countries and China in Southeast Asia and the South Chi