BRI builds infraestructure for Energy Transportation to China.

The BRI is not only building infrastructure to help develop foreign countries, but also one of the goals -as Kerry Brown states in his article- is to transport energy to China, defined as an ‘energy hungry nation’. Also, the author presents some interesting energy-related connections between China and Europe.

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Some interesting ideas of the article:

  • “Certainly, BRI investments allow a potentially significant source of new capital and expertise. There are train and road links that could be built which would serve the region and also supply an important new land route for a China aware that it is currently heavily dependent on sea routes for much of its energy and trade”.
  • “If security plays across the separate regions, the BRI extents to, running beneath the more overt narrative of economic co-operation, one of the principle offers the idea presents is of using Chinese prowess as building infrastructure to help with logistics and for the transport in particular not only of goods but of energy. China remains an energy hungry nation, and despite the shift under Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang to the so called ‘new normal’ where services and consumption as a proportion of the Chinese economy are rising, manufacturing remains important. Chinese state energy companies are key players and stakeholders in BRI. They are in some ways the infantry of Chinese influence, with Petrochina, Sinochem, and Sinopec having operations and personnel in
    almost every area of the world now. As Kaho Yu argues in their contribution on global energy governance, the construction in the EU of a Trans-European Energy Network (TEE-N) operates as an example of attempting to build a common energy framework across diverse and different partners. As with  China, so too is the EU hungry for energy, importing from diverse sources and attempting to find sustainable new sources. And like with China, decent infrastructure is crucial. Linking with the chapter on finance, this one also shows how China is at attractive potential partner, with large amounts of capital, and many areas of common interest”.