There has been an interesting development in an area the Coast Guard frequents. The Guardian reports the Chinese are developing a part of the island of Antigua. Critics contend it will operate as a state within a state.
The 2000 acre development will include a seafood harvesting company.
“The master plan includes up to seven resorts, a shipping port (emphasis applied–Chuck), the country’s first four-lane highway, offshore “wealth management” centres, hospital and university facilities, a school, bank and a luxury golf community on adjacent uninhabited Guiana Island. The 400-acre industrial section includes steel and ceramic tile factories.”
The way the Chinese do things incrementally, this sounds suspiciously like it might be beginnings of a base.
At one time, Antigua was the site of NAVFAC Antigua, decommissioned 4 February 1984, an underwater listening station, part of the Surveillance System (SOSUS) and the Integrated Undersea Surveillance System (IUSS), which were used to track Soviet submarines.
Winning hearts and minds.
I was just today reading elsewhere about the Chinese 99 year lease of the port of Darwin. And, their recent venture large scale cattle ranching in Australia. The Chinese are gaining control of large port facilities, globally
What could possibly go wrong?