July 22, 2010: Dr. Fereidun Fesharaki

Dr. Fereidun Fesharaki discusses the energy policies of China and India at an event co-hosted by CSIS and the East-West Center.

China and India's Energy Policy Directions: Implications for the Global Oil and Gas Markets and Iran Sanctions


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(Washington D.C.) July 22–While both China and India are some of the world’s largest consumers of energy, their energy policy directions are quite different, and the drivers for creating such policy differ as well. In China, powerful state-owned oil companies have great influence on the energy policy, whereas in India, the government sets the tone of the energy policy, which then impacts Indian private-sector oil companies. This event, co-hosted with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), featured Dr. Fereidun Fesharaki, senior fellow, East-West Center; senior associate, CSIS; and chairman, FACTS Global Energy. He discussed China and India’s short-term and long-term energy demand forecasts and identified the scope of both countries’ relations with Iran in the energy field.


Fereidun Fesharaki is chairman of FACTS Global Energy, an energy consultancy firm with offices in Singapore, London and Hawaii, a senior fellow at the East-West Center and a CSIS senior associate in the Energy and National Security Program. He is co-editor of the East-West Center publication Asia’s Energy Future: Regional Dynamics and Global Implications , and serves on the boards of several institutions including: the Dubai Mercantile Exchange Limited (DME), the premier international energy futures and commodities exchange in the Middle East; the Advisory Board of Nippon Oil, Japan's largest oil company; the American Iranian Council; the Council on Foreign Relations; and the National Petroleum Council in Washington D.C.