Is China Preparing Their Military For WAR?
(RestoreAmericanGlory.com) – A new report shows that Chinese state-owned firms are increasing their presence close to the Strait of Hormuz in the Middle East. This further increases the risk of a potential clash with the U.S.’s interest in one of the busiest oil transits.
The Chinese commercial activity in the area currently amounts to billions of dollars used in investment that will help strengthen the oil pipelines and provide storage terminals in key points across the Persian Gulf. Many in the U.S. are worried that these investments will also mean that China is going to have an increased level of influence over oil shipments in the coming years.
According to the latest reports from the Center for Strategic & International Studies, around one-third of global seaborne crude oil is transported through the Strait. Around 45 percent of China’s oil imports also use the narrow strip between Iran and the Arabian peninsula to be transported through.
China has been directing more funds to pipelines, ports, and other commercial facilities in an effort to create the structure that will allow them to establish military bases in key locations along the Red Sea. Other Chinese investments have also helped support regional ports and infrastructure in both Oman and the United Arab Emirates.
Matthew Funaiole, senior fellow at the CSIS China Power Project, has noted that all of these moves are meant to provide China with options on what they can do next. He added that this will give China plenty of opportunities in the region, especially if they are looking to establish a military base on the western side of the Arabian Peninsula.
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