The Triangle of Sino-American Energy Diplomacy: A Symposium


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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 à 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 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 Nicholas Thomas, Associate Professor of the Department of Asian and International Studies, City University of Hong Kong
  • Professor John Garver, Professor of International Affairs, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Ms. Susana Moreira, Ph.D. Candidate, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

The symposium will also be presented at Asia Society Houston on January 17, 2013. For more information, please visit:

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Breakfast and registration: 8:00 - 8:30 am
Program: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Event Details

Fri 18 Jan 2013
8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
725 Park Avenue (at East 70th Street), New York, NY
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