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When China considers joining the Hormuz straits Naval coalition to escort ships the you know the Iranians have started losing international support.
 
When China considers joining the Hormuz straits Naval coalition to escort ships the you know the Iranians have started losing international support.
Because the Chinese need Iranian oil more than anybody..
 
Because the Chinese need Iranian oil more than anybody..
According to the news story China's biggest oil supplier is Saudi Arabia, not Iran. It goes on to say that a war in the Persian Gulf would throttle Saudi oil exports and affect China that way.

The Chinese apparently see having a multinational naval force as means of reining in the Americans to prevent them from kicking off a general war in the area.

The story also notes that for the Chinese it's a balancing act. A general war in the Persian Gulf would suck in American resources which the Americans would have to pull out of east Asia, weakening them relative to the Chinese there and so suit Chinese strategic interests.

However, balanced against that is the increase in world oil prices which would be against Chinese economic interests.

So far the Chinese seem to be coming down on the side of their economic interests, hence their wanting to avoid a major war in the Persian Gulf and hence their wanting some mechanism to help prevent the Americans from starting one accidentally or intentionally.
 

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