This paper focuses on the emerging trends of China's future energy security strategy. There are four major trends stemming from China’s future energy security policies. First, unless there is a major shock, China will continue to utilise increasing volumes of imported energy. Second, as its economy transitions and expectations in coastal urban centres evolve, a key priority of Beijing will be to reduce the pollution and negative impact of intensive energy use and heavy industry. Third, energy security will be a key consideration of the national leadership, even if it clashes with other priorities. Fourth, energy infrastructure has a life measured in decades and, once deployed, will influence future energy decisions.
is the Director of the Centre's Indo-Pacific Energy Security Program