Sunday, January 20, 2019

Tag: Strait of Malacca

The Coming War on China

When I first went to Hiroshima in 1967, the shadow on the steps was still there. It was an almost perfect impression of a human being at ease: legs splayed, back bent, one hand by her side as she sat waiting for a bank to open. At a quarter...

India Sees a New Regional Role for Its Navy

New Delhi still has a ways to go before it can live up to its regional aspirations. India has been busy in the eastern Indian Ocean of late. In early February, the country finished its second International Fleet Review, which brought together 52 countries and more than 100 warships for ceremonial inspections, underscoring the...

A World War has Begun: Break the Silence

I have been filming in the Marshall Islands, which lie north of Australia, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Whenever I tell people where I have been, they ask, “Where is that?” If I offer a clue by referring to “Bikini”, they say, “You mean the swimsuit.” Few seem...

China Readies $46 Billion for Pakistan Trade Route

Beijing plans to pour $46 billion into infrastructure projects, open new trade routes. Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to unveil a $46 billion infrastructure spending plan in Pakistan that is a centerpiece of Beijing’s ambitions to open new trade and transport routes across Asia and challenge the U.S. as the dominant...

China’s One Belt One Road Initiative: What we know thus far

President Xi Jinping launched China's “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) initiative in 2013 with the stated aim to connect major Eurasian economies through infrastructure, trade and investment. The initiative was later specified to contain two international trade connections: The land-based "Silk Road Economic Belt" and oceangoing "Maritime Silk Road." The “Belt” is...

These 8 narrow chokepoints are critical to the world’s oil trade

Over half of the world's oil supply moved through set maritime routes in 2013, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), often aboard massive tanker ships. To minimize costs, tankers transport oil along established paths that are as short as possible. Many pass through a small handful of...

America, Saudi Arabia, and the Strategic Importance of Yemen

Yemen is a growing reminder of just how important the strategic U.S. partnership with Saudi Arabia really is. It is one thing to talk about the war against ISIS, and quite another to realize that U.S. strategic interests require a broad level of stability in the Gulf and Arabian...

World Oil Transit Chokepoints

Overview World chokepoints for maritime transit of oil are a critical part of global energy security. About 63% of the world's oil production moves on maritime routes. The Strait of Hormuz and the Strait of Malacca are the world's most important strategic chokepoints by volume of oil transit. The U.S. Energy...

China, Russia and the waning demand for Canadian oil

After closing gigantic supply deals with Russia, does China still need Canadian production? The international oil trading business with its complex contractual underpinnings, expensive infrastructure requirements and protracted time horizons has never been for the faint of heart. Required is not only imagination, perseverance, immense cash reserves, and co-operative governments,...

International railway promises to revive Silk Road

New town and launch of regular trains to boost modernized trading routes between East and West, Tan Yingzi reports from Chongqing Legend has it that Chinese emperor Han Wu Di (156-87 BC) once looked to the lands west of his vast empire and proclaimed them full of people who placed...

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