Na sequência do que escrevi aqui, chamo a atenção para este artigo de Mehdi Parvizi Amineh (ao qual cheguei através do Bloguítica) onde é analisada a relação triangular entre a China, a Rússia e os Estados Unidos na zona da Ásia Central, em especial na área do Mar Cáspio.
It is not yet clear whether the three main contending powers - the US, Russia and China - see each other as rivals, allies or as combinations of the two. Russia and China claim a common interest in the Caspian Sea but until now have not acted in common. The US will use political, economic, and perhaps military pressure to expand its influence and remove any obstacles to the safe flow of oil. Russia and China are unable to compete with the US military and will avoid a direct confrontation with Washington, but they will ally with local powers to defend their regional interests. The nightmare for all three powers is an alliance of the other two; the worst-case scenario for the world would be direct confrontation.