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Title: Emerging soft turn in China’s energy security cooperation with Southeast Asia
Authors: Gong, Xue
Balazs, Daniel
Keywords: Social sciences::Political science
Issue Date: 2021
Source: Gong, X. & Balazs, D. (2021). Emerging soft turn in China’s energy security cooperation with Southeast Asia. The China Review, 21(4), 109-140.
Journal: The China Review 
Abstract: Energy security has been the paramount concern of Chinese top leaders. Geographically, Southeast Asia holds the key to China’s energy security, given its importance to Beijing’s seaborne energy trade. erefore, China’s energy cooperation in the region is o en analyzed from a hard security perspective. In a departure from these approaches, this paper explores the so er angle of China’s e ort of strengthening relations with its neighbors and assesses its impact. e so approach puts a greater emphasis on public good provision such as sustainable development instead of the old method of enhancing energy security through resource trade. The aim of this turn was to bolster trust between China and Southeast Asia, strengthen the foundations of cooperation, and improve Beijing’s image in the region. By providing a perspective di erent from hard security analysis, we shed light on the enabling and constraining factors of China’s more active role in regional energy governance.
ISSN: 1680-2012
Schools: S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies 
Rights: © 2021 The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press. All rights reserved. This paper was published in The China Review and is made available with permission of The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press.
Fulltext Permission: open
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