Few energy relationships are as significant as that between Russia, one of the world's top producers, and China, fast becoming the world's biggest consumer of energy products. Yet despite the benefits each country should be able to derive from greater cooperation in the oil and gas sectors, the links between the two are anything but close. Perhaps the most important deal of all - the large-scale sale of Russian Far East gas to China - continues to elude them, and both sides have been consistently tentative about making the necessary political commitment. It is time to take stock of what has been achieved, and what has not, in this key bilateral energy relationship.
Dr Keun-Wook Paik will discuss the findings of his new book on the state of energy relations between Russia and China - the first major comparative study on the subject. Dr Paik will deliver a short lecture before taking questions from the audience. The event will take place in the Duke of Wellington lecture hall from 17.30 until 18.30, followed by a drinks reception. The event will be hosted jointly with Statoil and the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies.
Dr Paik is an acknowledged authority on Eurasian energy. Now Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES), he was formerly Advisor on International Affairs to the Sino-Russian Oil and Gas Cooperation Committee of China National Petroleum Corporation, and an advisor to the Government of Sakha Republic in Russia. His book is published by Oxford University Press for the OIES. This evening has been made possible by Statoil. An international energy company with forty years' experience of oil and gas production on the Norwegian continental shelf, Statoil makes supporting the work of experts like Dr Paik a top priority.
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