[Four star] Admiral James Stavridis has commanded U.S. warships in the South China Sea. In his new novel, he writes about a war between China and America – a scenario he considers to be extremely realistic.
Beijing has axed a high-level channel for economic talks with Canberra, blasting Australian leaders for having a “Cold War mentality” after the country canceled two contracts linked to its Belt and Road project.
If you wonder what is happening in Myanmar there is no need to look further than these maps. China needs oil but its sea main supply route through the Strait of Malacca is vulnerable. Pipelines through Pakistan and Myanmar provide for alternative routes.
The pipe, road and rail lines through Myanmar are not only in China’s best interest but also a great chance for Myanmar to further develop. They are in its national interest.