Recent energy market changes create new opportunities for the United States, both commercially and in the realm of foreign and strategic policy. The United States is more central to global energy geopolitics, as a bigger producer, the host to energy trading activities highly influential in energy pricing globally, and as a leader on global trade policy and norms. With the growth of economic activity and security competition in the Pacific, the new key geopolitical energy counterparts for the United States are China, first and foremost, as well as Russia. For its large role as an energy producer, Saudi Arabia cannot be discounted from the inner circle of global oil and economic giants, but its focus has also turned to the competition and opportunities in the Pacific, where the former three nations play a more influential role.
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