Shale Gas: The Key in the US’ Asia Pivot?

Issue & Policy Briefs February 27, 2013, No. 115

The “shale gas revolution” in the US could provide significant leverage in the US “pivot” to Asia. As China looks to absorb the technological know-how of shale gas extraction from North America, greater partnerships and US company involvement in China’s extraction of the resource could act as a confidence-building mechanism between the two countries. Indeed, the new shale gas boom could provide an important instrument for US foreign policy in its pivot to Asia.