Wenran Jiang

Dr. Wenran Jiang is the Director of Canada-China Energy and Environment Forum and its annual conference since 2004. He is also is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta, Wilson Centre Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars in Washington DC, and Special Advisor on China to the US and Canada based Energy Council.

Dr. Jiang has just returned from being partially seconded to Alberta Department of Energy as a special advisor on Asian market diversification (2012-14). Before taking a partial leave from his tenure at the U of A, Dr. Jiang was the Founding Director (2005-08) and Inaugural Mactaggart Research Chair (2008-11) of the University’s China Institute.

Traveling to China very frequently, and other parts of the world with field research, Dr. Jiang has written extensively on the rise of China and its impact on the Chinese political economy and the rest of the world, with a major focus on the shifting balance of power in the global economy, international finance and energy and resource sectors. Over the years, Dr. Jiang has advised government agencies, private companies in energy, mining, forestry and agricultural sectors on Asian market access and how to engage China. He is currently completing a book on why Canada needs to diversify its energy market to Asia. Alberta Venture magazine has named Dr. Jiang as one of the 50 most influential people in Alberta for 2014.

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Articles by Wenran Jiang

The End of China’s Play in the Canadian Oil Sandbox?

Only three years ago, China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), China’s third-largest national oil company (NOC), launched the largest-ever Chinese overseas takeover bid, offering $15.1 billion to buy Nexen Inc.,

China Leaps Back into the Canadian Energy Sector

As China has become the world’s second largest economy, its demand for energy has caused it to become the world’s biggest comprehensive energy consumer. Accompanying this process has been a

Energy Security in China’s 12th Five-Year Plan

While the developed world, including the United States and other Western European countries, has been sluggish in both economic recovery and energy demand, China has experienced major power shortages in

Canada Resumes Summit Diplomacy with China

Canadian Prime Minister Stephan Harper concluded a much-anticipated visit to China in December 2009. The visit was significant because China was not on Harper’s foreign policy priority list when he

Beijing’s Responses to Falling Oil Prices

Oil and other commodity prices have been declining as major economies of the world go into a recession, but the Chinese are now more convinced than ever that their country

China Flexes Its Muscles on Wall Street Redux

While China and the United States are increasingly deepening their economic, trade and financial interdependence, Beijing’s experiment on the global stage is being closely monitored by Washington for its national

China Flexes Its Muscles on Wall Street Redux

While China and the United States are increasingly deepening their economic, trade and financial interdependence, Beijing’s experiment on the global stage is being closely monitored by Washington for its national

China Flexes Its Muscles on Wall Street

First, it was the massive accumulation of China’s foreign reserves in Beijing's wallet, the largest in the world, with $1.4 trillion. A major portion of that money has flowed into

China Flexes Its Muscles on Wall Street

First, it was the massive accumulation of China’s foreign reserves in Beijing's wallet, the largest in the world, with $1.4 trillion. A major portion of that money has flowed into

Sino-Canadian Relations Enter Uncharted Waters

Only eighteen months ago, China’s relations with Canada seemed to be at their best in history. President Hu Jintao had visited Prime Minister Paul Martin in Ottawa, declaring that a

Sino-Canadian Relations Enter Uncharted Waters

Only eighteen months ago, China’s relations with Canada seemed to be at their best in history. President Hu Jintao had visited Prime Minister Paul Martin in Ottawa, declaring that a

China and Japan: Reconciliation or Confrontation?

Openly defiant of the mounting domestic opposition, the strong protests from Beijing and Seoul and the growing criticism of international opinion, on August 15 Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi paid

China and Japan: Reconciliation or Confrontation?

Openly defiant of the mounting domestic opposition, the strong protests from Beijing and Seoul and the growing criticism of international opinion, on August 15 Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi paid

China’s Renewed Summit Diplomacy with Japan

The five-year hiatus in Sino-Japanese summit-level relations ended earlier this month as Beijing rolled out its red carpet to receive Japan’s new Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe. Eager to renew relations

China’s Renewed Summit Diplomacy with Japan

The five-year hiatus in Sino-Japanese summit-level relations ended earlier this month as Beijing rolled out its red carpet to receive Japan’s new Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe. Eager to renew relations

China’s Renewed Summit Diplomacy with Japan

The five-year hiatus in Sino-Japanese summit-level relations ended earlier this month as Beijing rolled out its red carpet to receive Japan’s new Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe. Eager to renew relations

China and Japan: Reconciliation or Confrontation?

Openly defiant of the mounting domestic opposition, the strong protests from Beijing and Seoul and the growing criticism of international opinion, on August 15 Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi paid

China’s Booming Energy Relations with Africa

With continuous economic growth averaging an astonishing annual rate of 10 percent over the past quarter century, China has transformed its landscape, become one of the largest economic powerhouses on

The Dynamics of China’s Social Crisis

China continues to impress the world with its high GDP growth, staggering trading volumes and surging consumption appetite. Most figures out of Beijing look remarkable, indicating a momentum that the

The Costs of China’s Modernization

In a rare disclosure of the enormous hidden cost of China’s rapid economic development, the Chinese government acknowledged last week that “sudden public incidents” such as industrial accidents, social safety

CCP Celebrates 50 Years of Nuclear Achievements

Fifty years ago the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s Central Secretariat held a meeting inside the Zhongnanhai compound to embark on the PRC’s nuclear weapons program. At the time of this

THE DRAGON’S THIRST FOR CANADIAN OIL

April marked a small leap forward in China's energy relations with Canada. China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) put down $150 million for a one-sixth stake in MEG Energy Corp.,

CHINA’S “NEW THINKING” ON JAPAN

According to recent Western reports out of China and views expressed by the Japanese press and many analysts, Beijing is either actively encouraging or tacitly tolerating a growing anti-Japanese sentiment

CHINA’S QUEST FOR ENERGY SECURITY

The year is 2008. The setting is the vast West Pacific region. To break the US-Japan-Taiwan military containment of China, the combined air, navy and armed forces of the Chinese