blackjack21 wrote:Perhaps it's a very gentle reminder to China of just how easily it would be to shut down China's entire trade.
This whole incident was a reminder to all of us how easily a trade or economic conflict can turn into a military one, although I wonder if how many connected the dots. The issue is that while China appears to be the biggest beneficiary of world trade and any disruption in world trade seems to hurt them the most, they're not really a global military, especially naval, power capable of securing their trade routes. They just couldn't do anything to secure the Suez Canal, for example, although it'd be vital to them to do so. However, they could wage a war on Taiwan anytime, of course, especially if they're actually provoked by them. So no wonder that three days after Ever Given had blocked the Suez Canal, they violated the Taiwanese airspace as never before, and three days later Ever Given got freed and the Suez Canal got passable again. I wouldn't think we were on the verge of a military conflict, but its possibility appeared on the horizon, and now I understand why we hear so much about the inevitability of an armed conflict between the US and China recently.
blackjack21 wrote:Perhaps it's why the US did nothing when Iran seized foreign tankers
Seizing foreign tankers is still a diplomatic rather than a military issue, I guess.
blackjack21 wrote:I wonder if the US will let Iran close the Strait of Hormuz.
No, and it wouldn't be so easy to do as blocking the Suez Canal is anyway.