Asian Energy Security - The Maritime Dimension

Author(s)                 Hongyi Lai
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Date 2009
Pages 256
Format pdf
Size 1.6 Mb

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   In the recent decade Asia has become an important player in the world energy market and international energy politics. This can be attributed to Asia's rising energy demand and its initiatives in securing its energy supplies around the world. Meanwhile, a greater number of Asia nations have a higher stake in energy security and security of sea lanes for energy transport. As a result, they have taken a series of precautionary measures. These developments have profound regional and global implications. This volume aims to investigate these important issues. Contributors to the volume survey the external initiatives undertaken by China and Japan, the two largest East Asian energy consumers, to secure energy supplies and maritime energy transport. They also examine strategic areas critical for energy sea lanes for both economic giants, such as the Straits of Malacca, the South China Sea, and the East China Sea. They examine the rationale for Japan's and China's external energy security, as well as their interaction with their neighbors, major oil producers, and littoral states to ensure energy security and energy sea lanes. In addition, they also look at a host of energy-related issues of both giants, which have attracted attention from the region, major powers, and even the United States. These issues include implications of China's and Japan's oil diplomacy for Asia and the United States, China-Japan disputes over the East China Sea, the traffic volume and pattern and the security of the Straits of Malacca, and piracy and maritime terrorism in Asia. The issues being examined also include bilateral and regional cooperation in enhancing maritime security, stipulations of international law of sea regarding the Straits of Malacca and maritime zones in East Asia, and the state of major disputes over territorial waters involving China and Japan. The volume will also discuss theoretical issues related to energy and maritime security in Asia. The most conspicuous issue is the provision of global public goods. Energy security can be regarded as public goods for major oil consumers in Asia, while maritime security is a global good for all nations engaged in trade. Contributors try to come to grips with the issue of how to provide for these global goods while containing unnecessary tensions...

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