How China rules the waves

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https://ig.ft.com/sites/china-ports/

Pakistan’s Arabian Sea port of Gwadar is perched on the world’s energy jugular. Sea lanes nearby carry most of China’s oil imports; any disruption could choke the world’s second-largest economy.

Owned, financed and built by China, Gwadar occupies a strategic location. Yet Islamabad and Beijing for years denied any military plans for the harbour, insisting it was a purely commercial project to boost trade. Now the mask is slipping.

“As Gwadar becomes more active as a port, Chinese traffic both commercial and naval will grow to this region,” says a senior foreign ministry official in Islamabad. “There are no plans for a permanent Chinese naval base. But the relationship is stretching out to the sea.”

Gwadar is part of a much bigger ambition, driven by President Xi Jinping, for China to become a maritime superpower. An FT investigation reveals how far Beijing has already come in achieving that objective over the past six years.

Investments into a vast network of harbours across the globe have made Chinese port operators the world leaders. Its shipping companies carry more cargo than those of any other nation — five of the top 10 container ports in the world are in mainland China with another in Hong Kong. Its coastguard has the globe’s largest maritime law enforcement fleet, its navy is the world’s fastest growing among major powers and its fishing armada numbers some 200,000 seagoing vessels.

The emergence of China as a maritime superpower is set to challenge a US command of the seas that has underwritten a crucial element of Pax Americana, the relative period of peace enjoyed in the west since the second world war. As US President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take power, strategic tensions between China and the US are already evident in the South China Sea, where Beijing has pledged to enforce its claim to disputed islands and atolls. Rex Tillerson, the Trump nominee for US secretary of state, said on Wednesday that Washington should block Beijing’s access to the islands. Relations were also dented over Mr Trump’s warm overtures toward Taiwan, which China regards as a breakaway province.

China understands maritime influence in the same way as Alfred Thayer Mahan, the 19th century American strategist. “Control of the sea,” Mr Mahan wrote, “by maritime commerce and naval supremacy, means predominant influence in the world; because, however great the wealth of the land, nothing facilitates the necessary exchanges as does the sea.”

The Gwadar template, where Beijing used its commercial know-how and financial muscle to secure ownership over a strategic trading base, only to enlist it later into military service, has been replicated in other key locations.

In Sri Lanka, Greece and Djibouti in the Horn of Africa, Chinese investment in civilian ports has been followed by deployments or visits of People’s Liberation Army Navy vessels and in some cases announcements of longer term military contingencies.

“There is an inherent duality in the facilities that China is establishing in foreign ports, which are ostensibly commercial but quickly upgradeable to carry out essential military missions,” says Abhijit Singh, senior fellow at the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi. “They are great for the soft projection of hard power.”

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gwadar is a nexus..its highly important..look on a map..who owns it?

“China understands maritime influence in the same way as Alfred Thayer Mahan, the 19th century American strategist. “Control of the sea,” Mr Mahan wrote, “by maritime commerce and naval supremacy, means predominant influence in the world; because, however great the wealth of the land, nothing facilitates the necessary exchanges as does the sea.”

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~ by seeker401 on January 22, 2017.

11 Responses to “How China rules the waves”

  1. WE SOMETIMES BORROW FROM CHINA EVERY MINUTE INTO THE MILLIONS, THEY OWN ALMOST ALL OF OUR ASSETS, ALONG WITH THE SAUDIS. WE ARE CEMENTED IN EXCREMENT WHEN IT COMES TO CHINA. WE SHOULD NEVER ALLOWED OUR GOVERNMENT TO GET AWAY WITH SO MUCH BLOOD FOR DECADES. HOW CAN TRUMP PUT AMERICA FIRST, WHEN WE FIRST HAVE TO CONCENTRATE ON HOW TO GET RID OF OUR DEBT TO THESE VARIOUS COUNTRIES??? IN ORDER TO PUT AMERICA FIRST, WE MUST FIRST BE FREE OF DEBT, SO THAT WE CAN CONCENTRATE ON OUR AMERICANS. THE SAME THING WITH INDIVIDUAL FAMILIES, THEY CAN NOT PUT THEMSELVES, UNTIL THEY TAKE CARE OF THEIR BILLS AND CREDITORS; THEY HAVE TO FORE GO MANY THINGS AND MAKE SCARIFICES, THE SAME GOES FOR A NATION. WE CONTINUE TO ALLOW OURSELVES TO BE GUILABLE WITH SPEECHES THAT REALLY ARE WORTHLESS. ALSO, FACTOR IN THE DOLLAR BEING DUMPED FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. TRUMP IS A LIAR, YOU CAN NOT PUT AMERICA FIRST, WHEN EVERYONE ELSE OWNS US BODY AND SOUL. WE MUST REFLECT UPON REALITY:

    http://www.usdebtclock.org/

    • >WE SOMETIMES BORROW FROM CHINA EVERY MINUTE INTO THE MILLIONS, THEY OWN ALMOST ALL OF OUR ASSETS, ALONG WITH THE SAUDIS. WE ARE CEMENTED IN EXCREMENT WHEN IT COMES TO CHINA.<

      Not really… they work hard – you give them worthless paper instead. they might use it to buy something decent over at your place – but there's nothing a war or 2 which won;t reset.. your place their place, any place

      • We Chinese people do work hard. And we are 100% not the way you think we are . If u got your balls ,Come to China . Have a close look ! Don’t TAlk like shit when you know nothing.

      • ” there’s nothing a war or 2 which won;t reset..”

        China is being used as *they* used the Soviet Union in the 20th century, imo:

        …we have the history – the real one – to study and learn from…

        Antony C Sutton: Wall Street and the rise of Hitler & communism

        “Interview with Doctor Anthony C Sutton on his research about the funding of Nazi party and of Soviet communists by a group of American and European financiers and industrialists.

        Antony Sutton, a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution from 1968 to 1973. During his time at the Hoover Institute he wrote the major study Western Technology and Soviet Economic Development (in three volumes), arguing that the West played a major role in developing the Soviet Union from its very beginnings up until the present time (1970). Sutton argued that the Soviet Union’s technological and manufacturing base—which was then engaged in supplying the Viet Cong — was built by United States corporations and largely funded by US taxpayers. Steel and iron plants, the GAZ automobile factory – a Ford subsidiary, located in eastern Russia – and many other Soviet industrial enterprises were, according to Sutton, built with the help or technical assistance of the United States or U.S. corporations. He argued further that the Soviet Union’s acquisition of MIRV technology was made possible by receiving (from U.S. sources) machining equipment for the manufacture of precision ball bearings, necessary to mass-produce MIRV-enabled missiles.”

    • Japan and China each hold about $1 Trillion of US debt. The total debt is just under $20 Trillion.

      Meanwhile the Federal Reserve (a privately owned bank) owns almost $3 Trillion of US debt.

      So before you go screaming about foreigners, look in your own damn house.

  2. Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

  3. Which is funny China being the biggest spend on military now they criticize America for doing the same (just to be warmongery on cue).

  4. China just protects herself . No matter Japan or America of South Korea , they are thug

  5. everybody is an aggressor and thug, that does not stop at national borders, people are people

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