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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: India, China, And The Dynamics Of Energy Security

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Using an analytical framework derived from Charles F. Doran's power cycle theory, and with reference to critical geopolitics, this chapter considers India and China's energy requirements, the domestic considerations that drive them, and their relations with energy suppliers-particularly Iran. 'Supply-induced scarcity' comes down to the inevitable dwindling of reserves. Linked to both supply- and demand-induced scarcity is price. Beyond the supply-and-demand equation there is another factor called structural scarcity. Post-independence India has flirted with authoritarianism and enforced birth control, notably during the 'Emergency' from 1975 and 1977. As the world's most populous country, China's economic rise over the past three decades has been spectacular. Saudi Arabia is India's biggest supplier of oil, while India is its fourth biggest customer behind the US, China, and Japan.

Keywords: China's energy relationship; India's energy security strategy; Iranianoil imports; Persian Gulf



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