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The Future of China-Russia Relations$
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James A. Bellacqua

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125633

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125633.001.0001

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Sino-Russian Energy Relations

Sino-Russian Energy Relations

An Uncertain Courtship

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The Future of China-Russia Relations

Erica S. Downs

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter explores the current state of China–Russia energy trade. It then addresses the forces of convergence and divergence shaping their energy relations. Next, the role that energy plays in the broader bilateral relationship and some of the factors that might strengthen or weaken energy cooperation between China and Russia are discussed. Whether and when China and Russia develop closer energy relations may depend on several factors, including changes in world oil prices, China's willingness to pay more for natural gas, China's willingness to play by Russia's “rules of the game” for energy cooperation, and Russian concerns about the “China threat”. These factors are also specifically described.

Keywords:   China, Russia, energy relations, energy trade, convergence, divergence, bilateral relationship, oil prices, natural gas

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