President Xi Jinping’s country is present in more than 50 countries and nearly a hundred different locations. These are the places where they operate.
The president of China , Xi Jinping has repeatedly expressed his country’s interest in becoming a power maritime of global importance . And such statements are consistent with the policy he has adopted.
a decade ago, launched the Maritime Silk Road with the aim of improving his country’s access to international markets, through a network of ports .
At this moment, China had a stake in 44 countries, while ten years later it managed to own or operate ports and terminals in more than 50 countries. in almost 100 different locations.
Those They are found in all oceans and continents of the ball, while according to the information retrieved by the Washington Post most investments were made by Chinese government companies.
Even if the maritime presence of the Asian country constitutes a positive point for them, UNITED STATES and their allies view these movements with suspicion .
“It’s not a coincidence (…) I firmly believe that there is a strategic aspect to the specific ports that they are targeting for investment” Director of the Institute for Strategic Studies at the United States Army War College Carol Evans told the aforementioned media outlets.
But beyond the possible implications that they could ultimately have for military and commercial purposes, This activity has made China the largest operator of its type in the world. .
Below is an overview of the ports it controls The country of Xi Jinping.
Nearly 80% of Chinese trade passes through this area, so it is assumed that port investments were intended to protect this route. specialists on the subject assured the Post.
In this sense, they stated that They have a 99-year lease in the port of Hambantota, Sri Lanka, one of the key points of their trip. .
Persian Gulf and Red Sea
From the United States they assured that The ports in this part have not only commercial interests, but also strategic ones. .
They argue this on the basis that Many of these terminals are positioned in points with high maritime traffic. and where the roads are narrow.
Strait of Hormuz
According to a series of US intelligence documents released earlier this year, China has gone to great lengths to try to establish military operatives in the Persian Gulf port of Khalifa. .
This last It is located next to the Strait of Hormuz, just 80 kilometers from a US military base. .
A similar scenario is occurring in Djibouti, at the mouth of the Red Sea, where, according to American officials, China has already been able to set up a military base .
These ports They are located in Egypt and serve as a shortcut between Asia and Europe. So at the beginning of this year they announced a new investment. for the Alexandria and Ain Sokhna terminals.
China controls or has a crucial stake in more than 20 ports on the continent, giving it extensive control over the routes. of supplies.
Information retrieved by the aforementioned media which indicates that At least 24 terminals around the world – including those in Rotterdam and Hamburg – have adopted the Logink system, Chinese government software for logistics purposes that allows them to access large amounts of information. goods moving, a factor that the United States views with distance and skepticism.
Currently They have ports at both ends of the Panama Canal and are building a massive $3 billion terminal from scratch in Chancay, Peru. .