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Roundtable Dialogue: China’s Foreign Oil and Gas Security Policy

Roundtable Dialogue: China’s Foreign Oil and Gas Security Policy

At this member-exclusive event, Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy & Environmental Regulatory Affairs at the Baker Institute, discussed China’s energy plans, practices and import dependency — including how the country’s interest in fossil energy sources has shaped its military capabilities and energy procurement infrastructure.

Roundtable Dialogues are informal, member-exclusive discussions with Baker Institute experts on current events, politics and policy. These thought-provoking conversations provide insights into issues that affect policy at local, national and global levels.

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This event was free and open to members of the Roundtable and Roundtable Young Professionals through the link in their email invitation. These forums are dedicated to advancing the mission of the institute by fostering community engagement and dialogue on vital domestic and global public policy issues through interaction with Baker Institute fellows and invited guest speakers and experts from the public and private sectors.


Noon — Lunch
12:30 p.m. — Presentation
1:00 p.m. —  Q&A

Featured Speaker

Gabriel Collins, J.D., is the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy & Environmental Regulatory Affairs at Rice University's Baker Institute. He was previously an associate attorney at Baker Hostetler, LLP, and is the co-founder of the China SignPost™ (洞察中国) analysis portal. Collins has worked in the Department of Defense as a China analyst and as a private sector global commodity researcher, authoring more than 100 commodity analysis reports, both for private clients and for publication.

Collins’ research portfolio is global. His work currently focuses on legal, environmental and economic issues relating to water — including the food-water-energy nexus — as well as unconventional oil and gas development, and the intersection between global commodity markets and a range of environmental, legal and national security issues. His analysis draws from a broad swath of geospatial and other data streams, and often incorporates insights from sources in Chinese, Russian and Spanish.

Collins received his B.A. from Princeton University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. He is licensed to practice law in Texas.



Wed, April 27, 2022
noon - 1:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


James A. Baker III Hall
Rice University's Baker Institute – 6100 Main St
Houston, TX 77005