July 20, 2005
China and the Geopolitics of Energy: Unocal and Beyond
CNOOC’s bid for UNOCAL has forced a number of issues vital to U.S.-Chinese relations to the surface: the tension between integrating China globally and the current accounts deficit that potentially gives China significant influence over the U.S. economy; the national security implications of an economically and militarily strong China; and the rising global demand for oil and whether it will be a future source of conflict. The Center for American Progress brings together three leading experts on China and U.S. politics to discuss the role of energy policy in Chinese national security policy and China’s relations with the United States.
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Bates Gill holds the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He previously served as a Senior Fellow in foreign policy at the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution. He has also directed East Asia programs at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, and formerly held the Fei Yiming Chair in Comparative Politics at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Chinese and American Studies.
Patrick A. Mulloy is a Commissioner on the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a Congressional commission that monitors and offers policy recommendations on the national security implications of economic relations with China. From 1998 to 2001, Mulloy served as Assistant Secretary for Market Access and Compliance in the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. He has held senior positions on the staff of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee and the U.S. Department of Justice. He serves as an adjunct professor of international trade law at the law schools of both Catholic University and George Mason University.
Minxin Pei is a Senior Associate and Director of the China Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. His focuses on U.S.-China relations, the development of democratic political systems, and Chinese politics. He is the author of China’s Trapped Transition: The Limits of Developmental Autocracy (forthcoming) and From Reform to Revolution: The Demise of Communism in China and the Soviet Union (1994). He has contributed to Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, Modern China, and The China Quarterly. Dr. Pei received his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University and taught politics at Princeton University from 1992 to 1998.
PJ Crowley is a Senior Fellow and Director of National Defense and Homeland Security at the Center for American Progress. During the Clinton administration, Crowley was Special Assistant to the President of the United States for National Security Affairs, serving as Senior Director of Public Affairs for the National Security Council. Prior to that, he was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs. He served for 26 years in the United States Air Force, retiring at the rank of colonel in September 1999.