My interest in comparing China and India in their development and overseas economic activities began when I attended an international conference on China and India in Beijing in 2005. It occurred to me as an interesting and significant research subject. In 2006, I had the opportunity to do research work as a visiting research fellow at EAI and ISEAS (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies), and wrote an articles on China–India competitive relations in Southeast Asia. My new direction on China's and India's energy security and strategies took off in 2007 when Professor John Wong (then research director of EAI) suggested and encouraged me to focus on this topic, which is so important for these two energy giants.

From early 2009, ...

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