Sunday, December 17, 2023

US Asks China to Help Secure Red Sea Shipping Lanes

 India's World Is One News (WION) posted on 13 December 2023 a short news clip titled "Will China Join US in Safeguarding Shipping Lane from Houthis?"

The news clip reported that US Secretary of State Antony Blinken invited China's foreign minister to join the multinational naval effort to protect Red Sea shipping from drone and rocket attacks by Houthis in Yemen.

Comment:  There was no indication of China's response to the request, but Beijing has a far greater interest in the security of commercial shipping through the Red Sea than does the United States.  China also has two frigates and a supply ship permanently stationed in Gulf of Aden/Red Sea waters and a naval base at Djibouti, which is located close to the Red Sea lanes being attacked by Iranian-backed Houthis.