Xun Xu is a research associate leading KAPSARC’s China/India future transport energy demand project. His research interests include freight transportation, development economics, population economics and the Chinese economy. He is also responsible for KAPSARC’s efforts in evaluating the macroeconomic impact of demographic change in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Prior to joining KAPSARC, he worked at the East West Center and at the NREM department of the University of Hawaii. As a trained population economist, he is also a member of the National Transfer Accounts network.
After decades of rapid economic development, China is quickly becoming the world’s second-largest transport energy consumer. Recently, it has also surpassed the United States (U.S.) as the world’s largest oil importer, and it is expected to become the largest oil consumer by the early 2030s.6th January 2021