Full Title: China’s Geostrategic Search for Oil
Author(s): John Lee
Publisher(s): Center for Strategic and International Studies
Publication Date: 6/2012
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Coal still meets the majority of Chinese energy needs providing about 70 percent of total energy consumption for the country in 2011.2 Currently, oil makes up only around 20 percent of the country’s energy requirements. Even so, China’s external search to secure an oil supply rightly dominates discussion of its energy security policies largely because the country’s growing dependence on foreign oil is seen by Beijing as an area of potential strategic vulnerability.