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U.S.-China Energy Security Cooperation Dialogue Report

June 2007

Atlantic Council


The Atlantic Council of the United States and the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations organized the first "U.S.-China Energy Security Cooperation Dialogue," held in Beijing on 31 October-1 November 2006. Conference participants included foreign policy analysts and energy experts from the U.S. and Chinese governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and universities in both the United States and China. The agenda covered a broad spectrum of energy and energy-related geopolitical issues, including long-range forecasts for energy supply and demand, energy sources ranging from oil and gas to coal, nuclear and renewables.

The Chinese and American participants held similar understandings on the overall energy situation in the world. The energy market can be analyzed from both the production and the use side. The participants discussed issues surrounding the production of oil, gas, coal, nuclear and renewable energy. They held generally similar views, consonant with the analyses of the International Energy Agency, as to the likely growth of energy requirements over the next 25 years, and they discussed both transportation and electrical requirements as key usage issues.