13 November 2013

China’s Search for Renewable Energy: Pragmatic Techno-nationalism

Andrew B. Kennedy, “China’s Search for Renewable Energy: Pragmatic Techno-nationalism,” Asian Survey 53.5 (October 2013).

The enthusiasm of Chinese leaders for renewable energy is infused with a pragmatic variant of techno-nationalist ideology. In keeping with this outlook, Beijing supports Chinese wind and solar firms, but it typically proves flexible when important economic partners challenge such policies.

Keywords: China, energy, technology, nationalism, trade

Dr. Andrew B. Kennedy is Senior Lecturer in Policy and Governance at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. He specializes in international politics, with particular interest in Chinese and Indian foreign policy. Kennedy’s first book, The International Ambitions of Mao and Nehru: National Efficacy Beliefs and the Making of Foreign Policy, offered a new theoretical explanation for bold leadership in foreign policy and applied it to illuminate several of Mao and Nehru’s most important military and diplomatic decisions. More recently, his research has focused on challenges surrounding the rise of China and India in the post-Cold War era. Kennedy is particularly interested in issues that lie at the intersection of national security and economic modernization, including energy security and technological innovation. His research is currently supported by an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, among other sources.

For one of the articles cited here, see Joan Johnson-Freese and Andrew S. Erickson, A Geotechnological Balancer: The Emerging China-EU Space Partnership,” Space Policy: An International Journal 22.1 (Spring 2006): 12-22.