Chinese Pursuit of Energy Security via Partnerships’ Development within the SCO Mechanism

Popovic Slobodan (2023) Chinese Pursuit of Energy Security via Partnerships’ Development within the SCO Mechanism. In: Energy Crisis and Security Challenges in the World - Sustainable Responses of the Asian Economies and Societies. Budapesti Gazdasági Egyetem, Budapest, Magyarország, pp. 89-107. ISBN 978-615-6342-67-6

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This paper aims to examine the impact of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on China’s pursuit of energy security. As the first multilateral cooperation mechanism is initiated by China, the SCO is guided by Chinese values and emphasizes the development of partnerships instead of alliances. The research question focuses on whether the SCO and its Energy Club operate as a multilateral mechanism when it comes to energy cooperation or if bilateral arrangements are needed for China to secure its energy needs. The paper will explore the energy potential offered by the SCO, particularly since Iran became a full member state and Qatar and Saudi Arabia became dialogue partners. It will also examine to what extent the SCO helps China in making “Petro Yuan” and how it impacts China’s energy security from both continental and maritime aspects. The authors will use descriptive statistics and content qualitative analysis to evaluate the results within the SCO regarding energy security, as well as a literature review in the field of energy security and diplomacy, with a specific focus on bi-multilateralism. The paper’s contributions will include recommendations for a better understanding of energy security issues within the scope of Chinese instigated mechanisms of cooperation and diversification of sources and cooperation that brings new geopolitical and geoeconomic “question marks”.

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Popovic Slobodan0000-0002-8094-8445
Uncontrolled Keywords: green hydrogen, SCO, SCO Region, security cosmopolitanism, diplomatization, China, bi-multilateralism
Depositing User: Eszenyi-Bakos Kinga
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Date Deposited: 2023. Aug. 08. 10:47
Last Modified: 2023. Aug. 08. 10:47

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