Peter Howard writes an interesting composite post on the nexus of energy politics, China’s rise, and US policy objectives.

The core of the issue: when we move out, China moves in. Scratch the negative diplomatic externalities for regimes intent on brutalizing their populations.

Solutions? Liberal hegemony types would argue China needs to be better socialized into the international system. Realists say “Good luck” and “I told you so.” Such developments, from my perspective, demonstrate how “exit options” for small states enhance their leverage against particular great–and even militarily hegemonic–powers.

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