Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

4-2015

Abstract

Since China became a net oil importer in 1993, oil refineries have playedintegral roles in China’s quest for oil security. And yet, the capacity, security, andconfigurations of refineries were rarely featured in the discussions about China’s oilpolicy. To fill this gap, this paper explains the basics of refinery economics andtechnology, and details the development in China’s refining industry since the early1990s. By taking refineries into consideration, it then revisits and reassesses theexisting literature regarding the motives and drivers behind China’s foreign oilpolicy, its effectiveness, and the political interactions between China and crude oilproducers.

Keywords

China’s energy security, refineries, oil trade, Chinese foreign policy, technology

Discipline

Energy Policy | Portfolio and Security Analysis

Research Areas

Political Science

Publication

Pacific Review

Volume

29

Issue

3

First Page

361

Last Page

386

ISSN

0951-2748

Identifier

10.1080/09512748.2015.1022584

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

https://doi.org/10.1080/09512748.2015.1022584

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