Thirst for energy driving China’s foreign policy
June 7, 2012
Quoted: Stephen M. Walt, member of the Belfer Center Board of Directors and Harvard Kennedy School’s Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs
Topic: China’s energy needs
“This will heighten tensions with India. Stephen Walt, a professor of international affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government has projected the outcome of U.S.-China economic, military and energy trends in this way: ‘If China is like all previous great powers, including the U.S., its definition of ‘vital’ interests will grow as its power increases — and it will try to use its growing muscle to protect an expanding sphere of influence.
‘Given its dependence on raw-material imports (especially energy) and export-led growth, prudent Chinese leaders will want to make sure that no one is in a position to deny them access to the resources and markets on which their future prosperity and political stability depend.’”