China is considering a US offer to escort vessels in the Persian Gulf, Reuters reports, citing a statement from the Chinese Embassy in the UAE. “In the case of an extremely precarious situation, we will consider the issue of our military fleet escorting our commercial vessels,” Chinese Ambassador to the UAE Ni Jian clarified.
The United States is lobbying in every way for the creation of an international maritime coalition to ensure the safety of shipping in the Persian Gulf, where the safety of oil vessels is allegedly threatened by Iran. So far, only the UK – a faithful ally of the United States – has officially announced that it will join the mission to protect merchant vessels. Last month, the United States invited Japan to join the coalition; Asia’s second-largest economy is an importer of oil from the region and its energy security is predicated on it being able to secure oil from the Persian Gulf.