China’s Approach To Energy Security And Policy In The Western Hemisphere

China, just like many other countries, is concerned with how to keep their industries running. This requires the accumulation and regulation of certain energies and raw materials. China’s current energy portfolio consists of domestic coal, gas and oil from domestic and foreign sources, as well as quantities of uranium. China’s policy mainly involves diversification to reduce their dependence on the Middle East. According to some, China’s dependency on foreign energies is not a threat to China’s energy security because most of the civilized world wishes to see China prosper. But the problem is with growing internal consumption; without considering and controlling energy, China’s increasing consumption threatens its own growth, as well as that of the entire globe. The international community, including the Western Hemisphere, has advised China to move more toward energy efficiency and transparency with regard to their quest for energy and to take their responsibilities seriously as members of the international community at-large; for, if China does not heed this advice, it could put a strain on nearly every country that imports oil and other resources… this includes the U.S.

The thing to remember is that political tensions are still quite high between China and the West. Since the mid-1990s, China’s oil production has gone down and demand for imports has increased. Given the current market prices, most reserves in China cost too much to operate and maintain. These reserves also require technologies that are expensive, as well. It simply costs less for China to import oil from other countries. It is refreshing to note that China is actively seeking smart-energy technology. But things between China and the U.S. remain dicey. In 2004, President George Bush called for limited investments in Iranian oil, one Chinese did refused to comply. Recently, China has taken a softer, more-compliant stance towards energy efficiency.

The country still seems a bit behind on the times when it comes to energy efficiency and policy, especially since it is a developed nation. This inexperience often causes diplomatic problems. China time and again pairs with countries that seem to be somewhat anti-American in that they are corrupt, fail to believe in human rights, or express political censorship on a grand scale. It is easy to see why these continued practice, along with the inexperience and overuse of material and energy could be disheartening to people in the Western Hemisphere.