Energy Security and Territorial Disputes

  • Yuwa Wei


The South China Sea contestation presents a perfect case illustrating how complex and difficult the situation can be once territorial claims are entangled with energy security issues. It is commonly understood that energy security is a core component of the national interest of any independent country. Ensuring sufficient energy provision to support economic and social activities is a core responsibility of any government. To those world powers, their governments’ responsibilities may go well beyond the energy security concerns of their own by aiming to develop a global energy security system for the benefit of themselves and their allies. The USA is taking a leading role in the initiative of shaping a new world order of energy security. However, such a system may not be in the immediate or long term interests of China. Furthermore, China is worried about being victimized by this system or in the process. Therefore, China strives to have a voice in searching for a global energy security regime. The South China Sea has thus become a proving ground in this contest.


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  • Yuwa Wei
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  1. 1.Freelance writerMelbourneAustralia

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