As China moves aggressively to establish bilateral trade relations with resource-rich states, it finds itself not in a tête-à-tête with its partners but a ménage a trois. There’s always a third party in the room: the United States.
The U.S. has interests in almost every country where China seeks resources. In some cases – Iran, for example, or Venezuela – the relationship is adversarial. In others – Australia, Saudi Arabia – friendly. In yet others – Russia, Nigeria – neutral. Regardless of which, Sino-American competition for resources is inevitably a triangular affair.
The dynamics of these three-sided relationships and their impact on long-term U.S.-China interests will be the topic of an Asia Society symposium on resource diplomacy featuring policy experts from both Asia and the United States. Participants include:
• Ms. Susana Moeira, PhD candidate, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
• Professor Nicholas Thomas, Department of Asian and International Studies, City University of Hong Kong
• Professor Xu Xiaojie, Director, Institute of Geopolitics of Energy, East China Normal University
• Professor David Zweig, Associate Dean, School of Humanities, and Social Science Director, Center on Environment, Energy, and Resource Policy, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
• Moderator: Professor John Garver, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology