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China-Myanmar energy cooperation and its regional implications

Die energetische Zusammenarbeit von China und Myanmar und deren regionale Auswirkungen
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Zhao, Hong

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Abstract Although Myanmar is among the world’s oldest oil-producing countries, Chinese oil and gas companies did not start their oil and gas exploration projects there until recently. The most recent and significant China–Myanmar energy cooperation project is the oil and gas pipelines which got started in 2009. This paper will discuss the reasons and driving forces for this pipeline project and its broader objectives, and testify whether pipelines can deepen regional economic integration and strengthen bilateral relations. This paper concludes by saying that China might use the China–Myanmar pipeline construction as an opportunity to play a more constructive role in Myanmar’s domestic reforms, thus improving its image in Southeast Asia and strengthening its relations with Myanmar.
Keywords Myanmar; China; economic cooperation; energy supply; crude oil; natural gas; economic integration; bilateral relations; regional integration; energy policy; energy industry; Asia
Classification International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy; Special areas of Departmental Policy
Method descriptive study
Document language English
Publication Year 2011
Page/Pages p. 89-109
Journal Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, 30 (2011) 4
ISSN 1868-4882
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works