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Thursday, March 30, 2006

Red China Attains Global Control of Ports

By Aussiegirl

This is even more menacing than the Dubai ports deal. We are gradually being encircled by Red China. From the article: Of the eight international regions with choke points labeled by the Department of Defense as "U.S. lifelines and transit regions," Hutchison has ports in six. Notice the words "choke points"!

Red China Attains Global Control of Ports

Overlooked during America's preoccupation with the Dubai ports deal is a much more imminent threat - China's methodical campaign to gain control of global ports that are strategically positioned to support military or economic actions against the United States - a move that has gone virtually unnoticed.

The powerful Chinese-owned Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. is now the world's biggest cargo terminal operator, according to London-based Drewry Shipping Consultants. It also is the world's largest port owner.

Hutchison Port Holdings has assumed control of scores of potential economic choke points, including 169 berths at 41 ports worldwide. These facilities control about 15 percent of global maritime container traffic.

Some of Hutchison's ports lie near key sea lines of communication, such as the Panama Canal, the Suez Canal and the eastern coast of the United States. Of the eight international regions with choke points labeled by the Department of Defense as "U.S. lifelines and transit regions," Hutchison has ports in six.

[...] "Amidst the furor over a U.A.E. corporate takeover of major U.S. and Canadian seaports, scant notice has been given to the longstanding and continuing threat from the PRC/Triad [People's Republic of China and Chinese mobsters] 'business' presence at seaports around the world, including the U.S. and Canada," stated a top-level Canadian port security analyst.
"Of course, the Chinese military sees the benefit of having a base, a future base, so close to the United States," Moorer said.

"What China is trying to do is get a kind of maritime position worldwide, and they need a home base - so to speak - in every ocean. "Not only are the Chinese in the Bahamas, they're in Panama and the Spratly Islands right off the Philippines. They tried to get Long Beach [Calif.]," Moorer said.

"There's no question about the fact in my mind that the Chinese military forces are affiliated with Mr. Li, who in turn runs Hutchison Whampoa," added Moorer.


At 11:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've actually been tempted to comment that a possible (and very unintended) benefit IF Dubai Ports had gotten their deal....AND if they had proved to be a front for terror...think in terms of multiple ports having been rendered useless. Then millions of 'containered' cubic yards of Chinese goods would maybe have been prevented from reaching China-besieged American marketplaces here.

China's scary as hell on an absurd number of fronts.

..oh, and compliments Aussiegirl, on your revised 'About Me'. Being a first generation Lithuanian-American (who you have 'spoken' to here before), I know something for the feeling that you have toward your parents' experiences regarding their homeland being taken from them.

At 12:39 AM, Blogger Aussiegirl said...

Thank you so much for the kind words -- I have to thank a good friend for pointing out to me that I needed to make my history and my reason for my passion more plain to readers. I know that Lithuania has suffered horribly under the Soviets, I have other friends who have told me horrific tales about what happened there after WWII and the unbelievable stories of their harrowing escape over mountains in winter with young children in tow. Horrible - and they were the lucky ones. So many in the West do not understand what it means to truly lose your freedom - we have to make it plain to them - because those of us with the background have the knowledge to warn and can see the danger. Thanks for visiting and commenting -- which are ALWAYS welcome.


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