Journal Article - Quarterly Journal: International Security

Markets or Mercantilism? How China Secures Its Energy Supplies

  • Jennifer Lind
  • Daryl Press
| Spring 2018


China takes a variety of measures to protect its access to energy supplies, particularly oil: controlling suppliers; diversifying suppliers, refining capabilities, and transportation routes; developing a strategic petroleum reserve; and securing energy imports. Although some view these actions as unnecessary in a free market, they are a rational strategy to shield China from energy disruptions, particularly U.S. attempts to coerce China by constricting its oil supply.

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Jennifer Lind and Daryl G. Press, "Markets or Mercantilism? How China Secures Its Energy Supplies," International Security, Vol. 42, No. 4 (Spring 2018), pp. 170–204, doi:10.1162/ISEC_a_00310.

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