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China?s Development Strategy and Energy Security: Growth, Distribution and Regional Cooperation

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  • Khan, Haider A.

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This paper analyses both global and regional approaches to solving problems of energy security and ecological imbalance by addressing specifically the problems of China?s energy security. China?s growing energy dependence has become a major concern for both economic and national security policymakers in that country. The ambitious goal of modernization of the economy along the lines of the other newly industrialized economies (NIEs) of Asia has succeeded only too well, and it is difficult to reorient economic priorities. If examined rigorously, such an economic strategic assumption can be seen to entail the goal of creating further technological capabilities. In particular, China seems to be firmly committed to the creation of a largely self-sustaining innovation system as part of a knowledge-based economy of the future. Such innovation systems, called positive feedback loop innovation systems or POLIS have been created by advanced countries, and NIEs such as South Korea and Taiwan are proceeding to create these as well. But this will add to its energy burden and further dependence on the US as the power which controls the key sea lanes. Only a strategic reorientation to building a self-sustaining POLIS and appropriate regional cooperation institutions can lead to the way out of the current dilemma for China. Fortunately, such a model of POLIS which is distributionally and ecologically sensitive can be built for China and applied strategically to lead towards a sustainable development trajectory. ...

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Paper provided by World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER) in its series Working Paper Series with number RP2008/56.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: 2008
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Handle: RePEc:unu:wpaper:rp2008-56

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Keywords: China; development strategy; energy; environment; POLIS; innovation system; regional cooperation;

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