Wednesday, October 13, 2010

How China Plays the Great Game

Pepe Escobar reports that "in the New Great Game in Eurasia, China had the good sense not to send a soldier anywhere or get bogged down in an infinite quagmire in Afghanistan" — China Takes Pipelinestan. The author concludes that "Beijing’s strategic priority has been to carefully develop a remarkably diverse set of energy-suppliers — a flow of energy that covers Russia, the South China Sea, Central Asia, the East China Sea, the Middle East, Africa, and South America," and suggests, "If China has so far proven masterly in the way it has played its cards in its Pipelineistan 'war', the U.S. hand — bypass Russia, elbow out China, isolate Iran — may soon be called for what it is: a bluff."

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