After much engagement and retaining the status of “Observer by invitation” for more than a decade, China formally took the significant step of upgrading its status within the Energy Charter Process by signing the International Energy Charter in The Hague in 2015. The Energy Charter and China have a long-standing history of cooperation, which has been recently underpinned by establishing the International Energy Charter-China Electricity Council Joint Research Centre in Beijing.
China is a pivotal country in the global energy sector. The country is not only a major producer of fossil fuels, but also the world’s largest importer of fossil fuels. China is also cementing its global dominance as a producer of renewable energy. It is a major investor in several countries across the globe, as well as a significant producer of clean-energy technologies. The Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), with its vast membership and related legal instruments and institutions, is the optimal platform for China in terms of promoting regional energy cooperation and facilitating the implementation of infrastructure projects within the framework of the “Belt and Road” Initiative.
The China Investment Report aims at providing detailed information on the country’s energy investment climate. The Report also illustrates investment-related aspects of complex transition of China’s energy sector. Starting with a general overview of the country’s economic, political, and social situations (Chapter 1), the Report gives insights on China’s general energy policy (Chapter 2), market structure of the energy sector (Chapter 3), investment policy and flows (Chapter 4), and domestic investment legislation (Chapter 5).