China May Set Its Navy on Course for the Persian Gulf
Aug 9, 2019 | 09:00 GMT
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- China has long wanted to extend its maritime reach and has major strategic interests in energy supplies that transit the Persian Gulf.
- The U.S. call for nations to join Operation Sentinel, which would see naval escorts for commercial shipping, gives China an opportunity to do both — but Washington might not welcome Chinese participation, and China itself has reservations.
- If tensions continue to escalate in the Persian Gulf, however, Beijing may find it has no choice but to have a security presence in the Middle East.