In this episode, we discuss the implications of rising energy consumption in China particularly for its renewable energy industry and its energy imports. Professor Zha Daojiong offers his analysis of China’s quest for energy security both through the development of renewable energy and increased energy investments around the globe. We discuss various energy-related challenges including environmental pollution, maintaining strategic oil reserves, climate change, and the various problems associated with renewable sources. The episode concludes by offering thoughts on the energy implications of the Belt and Road Initiative.
Zha Daojiong is, Professor of International Political Economy at the School of International Studies, Peking University. He specializes in studying non-traditional security topics as energy, food, and trans-boundary water use.