Two words characterize United States (US) foreign policy — failure and counterproductive. Research US post-World War II foreign policy initiatives and learn of lost wars, unnecessary wars, counterproductive policies, unresolved issues, failed diplomacy, and downright mayhem. US foreign policy toward the People’s Republic of China (PRC) follows the trend.
Good assessment. However, the reference to AUKUS as "white men", or to the US speaking "white men's words" is not serious. The "white men" explanation is a red herring. The "collective west" (i.e. the US and its colonies) have far more skin color diversity among its leaders than the "Global south" (as the rest of the world is now commonly called). The hegemonic mindset is not racial.
Not sure where you got the shipping route chart, but the South China Sea does seem to be a major choke point of maritime commerce.
https://asean.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/Chapter-5-Transport-Geography-Shipping-Routes-_-Major-Ports.pdf (page 12)
Dan, yours is a balanced assessment. You have hit the nail squarely on its head.