“Syria’s proximity to Europe is also beneficial because the Chinese are seeking to not only tie together as much of Eurasia as possible through trade, but they want to do so in a way that a) undermines the influence of the United States and b) reduces the military threat the United States poses to Chinese interests.”
“Everything in China is being integrated into the overall Chinese state system. And, so, when it comes to space exploration they are very open about the fact that this is not just for scientific gain. There is no divide in China between a civilian space program and a military one, as exists in the United States. There is a full, integrated effort to dominate space, militarily for the satellite purposes in the near-term. But, in the long-term, the Chinese have every intention of going to space for economic reasons.”
“Meanwhile, the petroyuan would allow countries like Russia and Iran successfully to circumvent Western economic sanctions, thus their threat to the West would increase tenfold. We are already seeing how Russia’s increasingly close relationship with China—and Iran’s alarmingly close relationship with both China and Russia—has damaged American national security. Imagine how dangerous things would be for the United States if these powers could completely remove the economic threat that America posed to them.”
“If the United States is to fulfill its grand strategy, fulfill its objectives in the region, fulfill its commitments to its allies, then in this evermore congested, competitive environment, the United States will have to accept more risk. But not only to accept more risks; but to deliberately take more risks, in order for that risk to match the value that the United States attaches to its objectives in Asia.”
Recent reports indicate that the British intend to deploy their soon-to-be deployed aircraft carrier, the HMS Queen Elizabeth to far away Asia and the Falkland Islands. This is a mistake. In this piece, I argue that Britain is the strongest military force in Europe. It must focus its limited but powerful military on stabilizing Europe.
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