Accession Number:

ADA421818

Title:

"Oil for the Lamps of China" - Beijing's 21st-Century Search for Energy

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2003-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

100.0

Abstract:

In l933, Alice Tisdale Hobart wife of the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey manager in Nanking, published Oil for the Lamps of China. Hobart had traveled widely in China and proved to be a very observant imperialist. Her fictional account of her experiences, not surprisingly focused on the role played by Western businessmen, especially those engaged in importing and selling petroleum products. One thread that runs through her work is Chinese dependence on foreign sources of energy supplies, which remains the case today. This dependence on foreign-controlled sources means that Beijings efforts to ensure the availability of energy resources adequate to fuel the nations economic growth have important national security implications.

Subject Categories:

  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Non-electrical Energy Conversion
  • Miscellaneous Materials

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE