Past eventInvitation OnlyResearch Event

China's Energy Rise, the US and the New Geopolitics of Energy

13 October 2010 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Chatham House, London


Mikkal E Herberg, Research Director, Energy Security Program, National Bureau of Research, US



Organized jointly by the Energy, Environment and Development Programme and the Asia Programme

China's 'energy rise' has the potential to reshape the global energy and oil landscape in the same way its broader economic and strategic rise promises to transform the global economic and strategic landscape. Along with the US, China is now central to the future of global oil markets and energy security, is emerging as a major player in every key oil and gas exporting region, and is at the nexus of global climate change outcomes.

In his talk, Asian energy politics expert Mikkal E Herberg will argue that while the US and China are reluctantly but inexorably joined at the hip at the centre of today's global energy challenges, each views oil markets, energy security, and climate diplomacy through starkly divergent prisms. In addition, failure to get energy relations right in Asia risks deepening intraregional tensions as access to energy resources becomes increasingly politicised.

Herberg will examine whether the US and China can forge a more collaborative approach and what the implications are if they cannot. His talk will also touch on the future prospects for cooperation on non-fossil fuel resources such as rare earth metals needed for much of the new clean energy technologies planned in the West.

The talk will be followed by short responses from Chatham House experts on China (Dr Kerry Brown) and climate change (Antony Froggatt) to kick off discussion.

Refreshments will be available from 16:30-17:00.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.