Dr. Lawrence Sellin is a frequent Gateway Pundit contributor, a COVID-19 subject material knowledgeable, a retired Colonel of the US Military Reserve and Iraq and Afghanistan battle veteran.
Earlier this week Dr. Sellin went on with India’s CNN News 18 to debate the disaster right now in south Asia.
Dr. Sellin described the main geo-strategic shift we face.
As a consequence of a energy vacuum created by the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, South Asia is on the cusp of a main geopolitical shift resulting from the alliance of China, Pakistan and the Taliban.
China seeks to exchange the United States as the world superpower for which financial and army domination of South Asia is a necessary step.
China goals is to dominate South Asia, first economically based mostly on the China-Pakistan Financial Hall (CPEC) after which militarily utilizing its alliance with Pakistan to ascertain army bases in Balochistan province on Pakistan’s Arabian Coastline.
These bases would supply a essential hyperlink between China’s army services in the South China Sea and its naval base in Djibouti, a choke level at the entrance of the Crimson Sea and the Suez Canal.
Chinese language naval and air bases in Balochistan would management the very important sea lanes of the Arabian Sea and threaten one other strategic chokepoint, the Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the oil-rich Persian Gulf.
The Taliban have already introduced that China will likely be its principal monetary backer, its principal exploiter of Afghanistan mineral sources and the automobile by which Afghan merchandise can attain world markets, presumably through CPEC.
To counter makes an attempt by China to attain regional financial and army hegemony and forestall the use of Islamic terrorism as an instrument of Pakistan’s international coverage, the Quad nations of India, the United States, Japan and Australia should present the core of a multi-national effort to strategically disrupt the plans of the China-Pakistan Axis.
Such a coverage would mix conventional containment and different lively measures together with financial sanctions, assist for anti-Taliban forces or ethnic self-determination actions, as in Balochistan to disrupt CPEC and China’s plans for army bases there. We should additionally retain the choice of surgical army strikes as half of a counter-terrorism program.
The efforts needs to be directed primarily in opposition to Pakistan as a result of it’s each the epicenter of regional terrorism and the weak hyperlink in the China-Pakistan Axis.