The CCP has put money into more than 100 ports worldwide and sent its ocean-going fleet to different places. It is a way for China to infiltrate Western countries through physical possession.
According to former U.K. international trade secretary Liam Fox and former U.S. national security adviser Robert Mcfarlane, China owns 96 ports worldwide by 2021, as reported by Daily Mail.
A few of those are in some key spots for maritime trade.
China’s largest state-owned shipping company, COSCO, and other Chinese companies partially own 96 ports around the world, including five in the U.S.: Miami, Houston, Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Seattle.
China is targeting its 97th target. It’s trying to buy a 35% stake in the Tollerort terminal in Hamburg, Germany.
German Economy Minister Robert Habeck said that China could affect trade and politics in the Port of Hamburg through this deal.
Jan Ninnemann is a logistics expert at the Hamburg School of Business Administration. He told Newsweek that investing in the terminal makes strategic sense.
Shareholders can decide which ships come in and out when cargo is loaded and unloaded, and where it goes. Other analysts say that ports handle many businesses, maritime, and personal data in a digital supply chain.
China may install its internet communications equipment to handle the data. The CCP might also have access to foreign government administrations.
A hidden reason for China’s buying foreign ports is for military purposes.
Isaac Kardon is a marine expert at the U.S. Naval War College in Rhode Island. He found that Chinese naval vessels had visited 32 ports owned by Chinese companies.
Eyal Pinko is a former head of intelligence in Israel’s Prime Minister’s Office and a former naval officer. He said that the port could be used for the navy’s spying. He told VOA news:
“You can track the whereabouts of ships and communications. Once you own and operate the port site, these are very easy to do. You can do whatever you want. You are the landlord there.”
Didi Kirsten Tatlow is a senior researcher at the German Foreign Policy Association. In an article posted in Newsweek, said that China Logistics Group had a 99-year lease on Wilhelmshaven in Germany.
What’s noteworthy is that Heppenser Groden, Germany’s largest naval and logistics base, is only 5 kilometers from the harbor. Here, ships for the German Marine Corps are built and repaired. Joint NATO drills are also held here.