In 2005, the ASEAN countries traded 50% more with the U.S. as they did with China. Now the numbers are reversed. This fact is just one of many shaping a new geopolitical map, says Daniel Yergin, author of a book published in late 2020, The New Map: Energy, Climate and the Clash of Nations. The book notes the rising importance of Asia in the global geopolitics of energy.

Yergin is best known for his bestselling and prize-winning books on oil and gas, including The Prize and The Commanding Heights. Global economic growth after the ruin of World War II led to energy shortages in the 1970s. That economic fact shifted the global power map to the Middle East as a new source of wealth and conflict. The Strait of Hormuz became the world’s most-contested shipping lane.

But the global map has…

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