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12 December 2018 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 19:30 GMT+1



December 6, 2018
(publ. November 29)

BELT & ROAD INITIATIVE
China's Trojan Ports

John Lee
The American Interest

Beijing's systematic acquisition of European ports is not a precursor to Chinese militarism in Europe. But it is an important component of an ambitious and insidious strategy.

As China continues to project its presence, money, and influence into Western Europe, long-forgotten histories are resurfacing by way of analogy to the present challenge. According to one such narrative, Chinese strategy resembles that of the ancient Sea Peoples-a mysterious confederation that attacked territories in the East Mediterranean largely controlled by the Egyptian empire between 1200 and 900 B.C.E. The metaphor is an imperfect one. Not traditionally of the sea, China has long been a continental power, only now attempting to make the difficult transition to a maritime superpower. Its militaries are not making a beeline for Europe. Beijing is promising greater trade and economic cooperation, not threatening war ......
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