It is widely believed in China that overland pipelines would greatly enhance the security of its oil supply. Market and geopolitical analysis, however, shows that they would not. Chinese decision makers must face the fact that, barring discovery of an economically viable large-scale substitute for crude oil, their nation’s dependence on seaborne oil imports will only increase.
Erickson, Andrew S. and Collins, Gabriel B.
"China’s Oil Security Pipe Dream—The Reality, and Strategic Consequences, of Seaborne Imports,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 63
, Article 8.
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