Geopolitical shifts and China’s energy policy priorities
In this podcast, David Ledesma interviews Michal Meidan, director of the China Energy Research Programme about the key takeaways from the programme’s inaugural ‘China Day’ workshop on ‘Geopolitical shifts and China’s energy policy priorities’. The workshop brings together programme sponsors alongside a number of experts to discuss some of the key trends in China and their implications for energy policies and markets. Initially, discussions were planned to revolve around the policy priorities for the final year of the 13th Five Year plan and drafting for the next plan, including questions such as environmental policies, reform and liberalisation and to what extent US-China trade tensions would alter these priorities. The outbreak of COVID-19 changed both attendance and the focus of the day, as markets grapple with the uncertainty surrounding the global response to COVID-19. Yet, as this podcast relays, the discussions touched equally on the short-term challenges associated with COVID-19 and on the medium-term policy priorities for China’s energy policy and markets.