Symposium: The Triangle of Sino-American Energy Diplomacy


January 18, 2013


Asia Society - 725 Park Avenue - New York, NY


As China moves aggressively to establish bilateral trade relations with resource-rich states, it finds itself not in a tête-à-tête with its partners but a ménage a trois. There’s always a third party in the room: the United States.

The U.S. has interests in almost every country where China seeks resources. In some cases—Iran, for example, or Venezuela—the relationship is adversarial. In others—Australia, Saudi Arabia—friendly. In yet others—Russia, Nigeria—neutral. Regardless of which, Sino-American competition for resources is inevitably a triangular affair.

The dynamics of these three-sided relationships and their impact on long-term U.S.-China interests will be the topic of an Asia Society symposium on resource diplomacy featuring policy experts from both Asia and the United States.

Participants include:

Professor Nicholas Thomas, Associate Professor of the Department of Asian and International Studies, City University of Hong Kong

Ms. Susana Moeira, Ph.D. Candidate, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Professor Xu Xiaojie, Chair of the World Energy Research Program, Institute of World Economics and Politics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Professor David Zweig, Director of the Center on Environment, Energy and Resource Policy, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Professor John Garver, Professor of International Affairs,Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology

Breakfast begins at 8am, and the program starts at 8:30am.

For more information, please visit Asia Society's event page. The same symposium will also be presented one day prior, January 17, 2013, at Asia Society's Houston office.

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