China Denies Ambitions?

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There has been speculation that China would build a naval facility in Vanuatu. They have port rights now but do not have something with a Chinese naval ensign floating over it in the tropical breeze in that country.

The PRC Explains: “China does not need a base in Vanuatu because it already has the access it needs. It constructed a large wharf at the deep-water port of Espiritu Santo. Chinese navy ships and a hospital ship make regular visits to Port Vila, the capital.” 

Today, Vanuatu’s foreign minister denied an Australian news report that China and Vanuatu discussed construction of a naval base at Port Vila..

Until 1980, when it became independent, Vanuatu was known as the New Hebrides, an Anglo-French colony. It contains more than 280,000 people, according to the CIA World Factbook. The main economic activity is tourism. Per capita GDP is about $2,800. 
If Vanuatu should default on its debt to China, a Chinese company might offer to take ownership of the port.

China made a co-ownership deal with Sri Lanka to pay for the port of Hambantota, which China built for the Colombo government. A Chinese company owns 70% of the port and manages it.

New Zealand and Australia are the dominant military powers in the South Pacific, but Chinese naval and research ships have become more assertive during the past 20 years. The Chinese have concentrated their investments in eight island nations, primarily in a limited number of large infrastructure projects, such as ports and airports.

Meanwhile in Los Angeles (news you may have missed)

10 thoughts on “China Denies Ambitions?

  1. "Climate change is a fact of life that people in Los Angeles and cities around the world live with every day. It is a grave threat to our health, our environment, and our economy — and it is not debatable or negotiable," he said in a statement last year after President Trump said he would walk away from the Paris Climate Agreement.
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
    Not debatable or negotiable??? Words of a true (P)regressive.

  2. Hubby told me about that street paining thing yesterday. How dumb.
    The only thing that mayor is right about, is that the climate changes. Daily. Has been since the world was created, I believe.

    Wasn't there a BRAC'd Navy facility in Southern California that Clinton sold the Chinese when he was president? Whatever happened with that?

    Amazing how the Chinese are slowly taking over the world without firing a shot..

  3. Painting the streets white is a genius move. I wonder how the kickbacks from the contractors are working? There is a deeper scheme behind the altruistic move of painting streets white.

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