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The Role of China in Global Energy Governance

Gaye Christoffersen
p. 15-24


Global energy governance institutions pressure China, which has ungoverned domestic energy spaces, to reform and strengthen its capacity for domestic energy governance. Rather than reform, China has attempted to create an alternative global energy order and establish a leadership role using the BRICS framework. However, BRICS exist in the global ungoverned energy space and have not prioritised energy governance. Additionally, BRICS practice shared leadership, undermining potential Chinese leadership. Beijing has subsequently shifted to the “Silk Road Economic Belt,” a vehicle for uncontested Chinese leadership in energy.

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Bibliographical reference

Gaye Christoffersen, « The Role of China in Global Energy Governance », China Perspectives, 2016/2 | 2016, 15-24.

Electronic reference

Gaye Christoffersen, « The Role of China in Global Energy Governance », China Perspectives [Online], 2016/2 | 2016, Online since 01 June 2017, connection on 30 October 2020. URL : ; DOI :

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About the author

Gaye Christoffersen

Gaye Christoffersen is resident professor of international politics, Johns Hopkins University, Nanjing Center. Hopkins-Nanjing Center, Nanjing University, 162 Shanghai Road, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China 210093 (

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