Sino-Canadian Energy Cooperation

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Sino-Canadian energy cooperation has increased since last decade. Enbridge Inc., the Canada’s second largest pipeline company, currently offers a Chinese company a 49% stake in a 1,160 kilometre pipeline planned between northern Alberta and the Pacific coast of British Columbia (Jiang, 8). In January 2005, Prime Minister Paul Martin signed Sino-Canada Statement on Energy Cooperation in the 21st Century (Jiang, 1), and the current Prime Minister, Steven Harper, went to Beijing on Nov 3rd, 2009. This shows a willingness of cooperation in energy field between the two countries. However, because Canada’s economy is highly depended on the U.S., the Chinese new oil consumption market could not be simply considered by Canada in a Liberalism theory. Any major energy cooperation between China and Canada will be closely watched by the U.S. There is an assumption that China is becoming the main competitor of oil from Canada at the expense of the U.S. It is a traditional zero-game thought, so anything good for China is not good for the U.S. Canada does not want to ruin the relationship with the...

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