Accession Number:

ADA483620

Title:

Transnational Pipelines and Naval Expansion: Examining China's Oil Insecurities in the Indian Ocean

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF NATIONAL SECURITY AFFAIRS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2008-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

115.0

Abstract:

This thesis compares two potential energy security strategies in the context of Beijings perceived vulnerabilities associated with oil imports from Africa and the Arabian Gulf. The first strategy focuses on the diversification of energy import routes through the development of Pakistani and Burmese transnational pipelines. These pipelines would arguably strengthen Chinas energy security by reducing the ability of foreign powers to threaten Chinas oil sea-lines-of-communication SLOCs from Africa and the Arabian Gulf. The second strategy considers developing a Peoples Liberation Army Navy PLAN force strength capable of protecting China-bound energy SLOCs in the Indian Ocean. The overall objective of this thesis is to explore and assess the feasibility of these two energy security alternatives to determine what path, if any, proves more attractive to Beijing. As this thesis argues, both strategies prove ineffective at addressing Beijings energy insecurities in the Indian Ocean. Yet the author submits that Beijing will still pursue these strategies for reasons of economic benefit, political stability, regional development, and national pride. In the end, Beijings energy security does not result from transnational pipelines or strong naval capabilities, but rather, the ability to act as a responsible player on the global stage.

Subject Categories:

  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Government and Political Science
  • Naval Surface Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE