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American and Chinese Energy Security: A Grand Strategic Approach
American and Chinese Energy Security: A Grand Strategic Approach
By Ryan Opsal
Lexington Books, 2019, 228 pp
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The survival of any country as a functioning society depends on having reliable sources of energy. Preserving access to energy is not simply an economic matter but a question of grand strategy. This informative book focuses on how China and the United States, both large importers of oil, secured their energy supplies between 1992 and 2013. It compares the evolution of both countries’ strategies for guaranteeing oil security through shifts in policy and advances in technology. Opsal claims that the United States is well ahead of China in oil security on many fronts, but China is rapidly catching up.