John Hopkins dean explicitly calls for US to get back and dominate the Gulf to completely choke China’s energy supply

18 Apr

China recently released a white paper on its military structure, which was notable for explicitly stating the number of personnel in its army, navy and air force. China also made an indirect warning about the US in Asia, which the NY Times highlighted in its headline. There was nothing otherwise. However going by content such as in this Atlantic article, written by the dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, China has a strong case to feel wary about the growing American presence in Asia. Especially with statements like this “The [US] administration has made it clear that we are now in the business of containing China. So should we not be doubling down on the Persian Gulf, a region we have already secured for 60 years, rather than abandoning it at the precise moment that it has achieved new strategic value?”

The author calls on the US government to focus on all of Asia, especially the Middle East, instead of just Southeast and East Asia. The reason is that the US already controls Chinese access to energy through the sea, but needs to take control in the Middle East because China can still access energy in that region overland. As such, to prevent China from escaping an American chokehold on its energy access in any future war, the US needs to act decisively. If you think my overview or this post’s headline is bombastic, read the original article.

Here’s a few more choice extracts:
“In a military competition, America has the clear advantage. China knows the U.S. can use its superior sea power to squeeze China’s oil supplies; the American armada dominates the Pacific and Indian Oceans and every body of water in between.”

“But of equal importance is American naval domination of the Persian Gulf, the source of much of China’s future energy supply. It is a critical strategic advantage in managing China’s rise, a fact that Beijing is acutely aware of. The U.S., however, does not seem to be.”

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