Sino-Russian Oil and Gas Cooperation: The Reality and Implications

ISBN : 9780199656356

Keun-Wook Paik
552 Pages
167 x 244 mm
Pub date
Nov 2012
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This book analyses the evolution of Sino-Russian oil and gas cooperation during the 1990s and 2000s. It describes how China has become a large importer of Russian oil, but not of its gas, and gives an explanation as to why this curious contrast has developed. The author argues that, given the two countries' energy endowments and needs, it has been almost inevitable that there should be a considerable amount of Sino-Russian oil and gas cooperation, but concludes that the imperatives of oil cooperation were much more powerful than those relating to gas. The book examines the progress of oil and gas exploration and development in East Siberia and Russia's Far East, and estimates the amount of oil and gas that Russia could export from these regions to China and Northeast Asian countries. It also provides a parallel analysis of China's potential to be a large scale importer of oil and gas and presents a detailed account of its dealings with the Central Asian Republics. This in-depth evaluation reveals the differences in the characteristics of the oil and gas sectors that have led to such contrasting outcomes. The final part of the book predicts the likely evolution of Sino-Russian oil and gas cooperation and the national, regional, and global consequences.


1. The Energy Factor in Sino-Russian Relations
2. The Development of the Oil Industry in Eastern Siberia and the Russian Far East
3. The Development of the Gas Industry in Eastern Siberia and the Russian Far East
4. The Oil Industry in China
5. The Gas Industry in China
6. The Chinese Approach to Overseas Oil and Gas Investment: Focused on Central Asia
7. Sino-Russian Oil and Gas Cooperation
8. Conclusion

About the author: 

Keun-Wook Paik is Associate Fellow at the Energy, Environment and Development Programme, Chatham House. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen. Between 1994 and 1998, he was a Research Associate at AUPEC (Aberdeen University Petroleum and Economic Consultants), and Research Fellow, and later Senior Research Fellow, at the Royal Institute of International Affairs. Prior to joining OIES in 2007, he served as advisor on international affairs on the Sino-Russian Oil and Gas Cooperation Committee of China National Petroleum Corporation and advisor to the Government of Sakha Republic, Russian Federation. He has been a member of the UN working group on Energy for the DPRK, and advisor on the terms and conditions of the newly established UNDP GTI Energy Board.

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