Dec 24, 2009
China resets terms of engagement in Central Asia
By M K Bhadrakumar
This was perhaps the first time that a senior US official has openly flagged China as the US's rival in the energy politics of Central Asia. US experts usually have focused attention on Russian dominance of the region's energy scene and worked for diminishing the Russian presence in the post-Soviet space by canvassing support for Trans-Caspian projects that bypassed Russian territory. In fact, some American experts on the region even argued that China was a potential US ally for isolating Russia.
Certainly, 2009 was a turning point in American discourses on Chinese policies in Central Asia. As China's Turkmen gas pipeline got closer to completion, US disquiet began to surface.
It's a long article but well worth the read for the overview of the pipeline situation from Central Asia to China.
The article doesn't make it clear that the U.S. military has it's eye on China. The U.S. has no intention of allowing China to go unmolested. The main problem for the U.S. is that China is nuclear.
The article makes it sound as if the U.S. plan isn't decades old. It is.