Jim Webb Fears China?
An interesting editorial from the VA senator in today's NY Times: We Can’t Afford to Ignore Myanmar. He seems legitimately afraid of China building an axis of power in SE Asia. See here:
Sanctions by Western governments have not been matched by other countries, particularly Russia and China. Indeed, they have allowed China to dramatically increase its economic and political influence in Myanmar, furthering a dangerous strategic imbalance in the region.
If Chinese commercial influence in Myanmar continues to grow, a military presence could easily follow.
Third, our government leaders should call on China to end its silence about the situation in Myanmar, and to act responsibly, in keeping with its role as an ascending world power. Americans should not hold their collective breaths that China will give up the huge strategic advantage it has gained as a result of our current policies.
Let's be honest. China is after resources, not a strategic military base to attack the US. So I'm not sure if Webb actually believes this angle or is playing it in support of his agenda because he knows that many Americans do believe that China wants to be a military threat to the US.