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Oil Chokepoints and Pentagon repositioning strategy with China

It’s no secret that the Pentagon’s “repositioning” strategy implies an undisguised attempt to force … “denial of access” to Chinese shipping and an expanding Chinese blue-water navy.

The repositioning now on across Africa and Asia especially concerns chokepoints. Three of the world’s crucial chokepoints are matters of national security for China, in terms of its supply of oil.
– The Strait of Hormuz is the key global oil chokepoint (roughly 16 million barrels a day, 17 per cent of all oil traded worldwide, more than 75 per cent exported to Asia).
– The Strait of Malacca is the crucial link between the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea and the Pacific, the shortest sea route between the Persian Gulf and Asia, with a flow of around 14 million barrels a day.
– And the Bab el-Mandab, between the Horn of Africa and the Middle East, is the strategic link between the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean, with a flow of 4 million barrels a day.

The Obama administration’s National Security Adviser Thomas Donilon has been insistently arguing the US needs to “rebalance” its strategic emphasis from the Middle East to Asia. That goes a long way to explain Obama sending marines to Darwin, in Northern Australia. Darwin is very close to another chokepoint – Jolo/Sulu in the southwest Philippines.

The Pentagon/NATO’s moves [are bringing] Russia and China closer and closer – not only inside the BRICS ((Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), but especially in the expanded Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which is fast becoming not only an economic, but a military bloc as well.

Forget about United States’ “strategic competitors” Russia and China yielding their sovereignty, or compromising their national security. Someone’s got to break the news to those generals at the Pentagon; Russia and China are not exactly Iraq and Libya.

[Excerpts of an article by Pepe Escobar]


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