The Communist Chinese government, through state-controlled corporations masquerading as private entities, is accelerating its plan to acquire control over deep water ports and major shipping lanes across the world.
The Sri Lankan government, heavily indebted to China, recently agreed to lease approximately 80% of a strategic port in the southern part of the country to a state-owned Chinese company for $1.1 billion.
The port of Hambantota lies along an important trade route connecting Asia and the Middle East, and is a key part of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s “one belt, one road” plan to expand Chinese control over key shipping lanes.
The United States refers to these strategic ports as China’s “string of pearls.”
China Merchant Port Holding Company, which purchased the lease to operate the port of Hambantota, is owned by the Communist Chinese government; specifically, it is owned via majority share by the China Merchants Group, a state-run corporation based in Hong Kong.
The same state-owned corporation maintains an 85% share over a large new terminal at the port of Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo, as well as varying levels of control over ports in the African nations of Djibouti and Togo.
After acquiring 49% of Terminal Link, a portfolio of terminals run by struggling French container line CMA CGN, China Merchants Group gained access to the following ports: Antwerp and Zeebrugge in Belgium; Dunkirk, Le Havre, Montoir, and Fos in France; Casablanca and Tangiers in Morocco; Marsaxlokk in Malta; Abidjan in the Ivory Coast; Houston and Miami in the United States; Bussan in South Korea.
Another major state-owned corporation, COSCO Pacific, has minority control over the following ports: Antwerp, Suez in Egypt, and Singapore.
COSCO acquired a majority share (51%) of operations at the Greek port of Piraeus in April, 2016 (another 16% will be acquired after an agreed upon period of modernization lasting five years).
The Greek government was forced to sell control over the port, as well as control over 14 regional airports to a German-based company, in a desperate bid to satisfy EU creditors eager for repayment.
COSCO was at the center of controversy when the company sought to lease a former naval base at the Port of Long Beach, California after one of their ships was suspected of illegally trafficking firearms and was raided by customs officials in 1997.
President Bill Clinton was tied to the Chinese company that produced the firearms, Polytechnology, after a supporter escorted the company’s president, Wang Jun, into one of the President’s “White House coffees”, where he reportedly met with Clinton.
Clinton later said the meeting was ”inappropriate” and “an example of the failure of the White House to screen visitors rigorously.”
The cash-strapped (and corruption-plagued) government of the Australian Northern Territory leased control over port facilities in the capital city of Darwin to the Landbridge Company, a company closely connected to the Chinese government, for $361 million late last year.
The 99-year lease raised concern among some in the United States as Marines use the base to train approximately six months out of the year. In addition, fuel storage tanks used by the Marines are situated directly on the land leased to the Chinese company.
Critics argued that China’s port control “could facilitate intelligence collection on U.S. and Australian military forces stationed nearby,” according to the New York Times.
Ye Cheng, chairman and founder of the Landbridge Company, was honored as one of the top “10 individuals caring about the development of national defense” by the Shandong provincial government in 2013.
The Landbridge Company’s website notes their strong ties to “state-owned companies like China National Petroleum Corporation, which supplies oil to Landbridge and allows them to sell it at retail pumps under the corporation’s name.
Panama Ports Company, a subsidiary of Hutchison Ports, maintains exclusive rights to operate ports at both ends of the Panama Canal (Balboa on the Pacific Ocean, Cristóbal on the Atlantic Ocean).
Hutchison Ports is a subsidiary of CK Hutchison Holdings, chaired by Hong Kong-based billionaire Li Ka-shing. He has close ties to the Chinese government, as does the company’s co-managing director and deputy chairman, Victor Li Tzar-kuoi, who served on the Standing Committee of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.
As of 2006, over 60% of the container terminals at the ten largest ports in the United States were operated by a foreign corporation, with the number rising to 80% at the largest ports in Los Angeles and New York/Newark.
Cairns News Links:
- Cairns News published the China private army takeover of Port Darwin – https://cairnsnews.org/2015/11/21/chinas-landbridge-army-to-takeover-darwin-port/
2. Cairns News published China purchasing John Holland Ltd a major Australian Defense Contractor – https://cairnsnews.org/2016/08/11/communist-china-buys-john-holland-constructions-key-defence-dept-provider/
3. Cairns News published China’s warning for Australia to dismiss USA alliance – https://cairnsnews.org/2012/05/26/china-warns-australia-dismiss-us-alliance/
Landbridge Group has formally established armed forces
The USA is stunned that the control of Port Darwin, a major link in their security of northern Australia that has been in place for decades, being ‘leased’ to China by the Northern Territory government for 99 years. This allows a Chinese private company LandBridge, with ties to their government and military, complete with a fully trained private armed militia to protect that port. There was no consultation with the US government.
Malcolm Turnbull just shrugged off a “please explain” from President Barack Obama at their official meeting during the Apec summit in Manila.
Australia’s latest Prime Minister fresh off the PM conveyor belt has snubbed his nose at our major ally concerning the military assets the USA has deployed as part of the Obama foreign policy “pivot” to the Asia-Pacific region, which is a strategic posture concerned with countering China’s growing power in the region. This is of major concern for all Australians who should be very worried .
The USA armed forces might is sourced from some 320 million people hosting 120 million military ready personnel. Australia with 23 million people hosting just 56,000 military ready personnel. There are more cab drivers in Australia than soldiers.
Landbridge Private Army
August 8th 2014, Lan Bridge Group Armed Forces inaugural meeting was held in the Group of 101 meeting rooms.
Military sunshine Gao Yong, political commissar, chief of staff Wang Hao, Party Secretary of Lanshan cover satellite, Deputy Mayor Wang Jijun, Lanshan District People’s Armed Forces Department, political commissar Liu Yusong Minister Zhang Feng Jun, chairman Ye Lan Bridge Group, party secretary of Ho Chao Qing attended the meeting.
Rizhao and Lanshan Military District Department agency personnel, members of the Department Landbridge Group armed militia emergency unit and some of the staff groups participated in the meeting.
The meeting was chaired by the Ministry of People’s Armed Arashiyama district political commissar Colonel Liu Yusong. At the meeting, Minister of People’s Armed Forces Department Lanshan District Colonel Zhang Feng Yun announced the “Landbridge Group Limited on the establishment of an armed unit of approval” and “Ho Chao Qing serving command.” Military sunshine and Party Secretary Gao Yong, political commissar of the lid satellite Landbridge Group Armed Forces inaugurated.
After the meeting, Group Chairman Ye, party secretary of Ho Chao-Qing Gao Yong, political commissar of the Military sunshine, accompanied by Chief of Staff Wang Hao, Party Secretary of Lanshan cover satellite deputy mayor and other leaders visited the group.
Landbridge Group, as large-scale private enterprises in Shandong Province, after 20 years of unremitting efforts, now has petrochemicals, logistics, real estate tourism, international trade four plates, the total assets of nearly 17 billion yuan. Lan Bridge Group has been, and always adhere to the “strong enterprises not forget their country, Societe Generale did not forget the defense” concept, and actively carry out cultural support the military, science and technology to support the military, to the TSC troops, sunshine garrison solve problems, backed by the TSC Forces Group awarded the “Arashiyama love, love note Iron” support model designation, the chairman, Comrade Ye in 2013 by the provincial government of Shandong Province in recognition of national defense interest “Top Ten individual.”
Landbridge Group of Armed Forces was established to achieve a strong corporate real convergence Landbridge Group and Xing Wu for national defense and Lanshan District Rizhao City poured fresh blood.
With the USA considering their options now rotecting Australia’s north as the flow rate of Muslims gains momentum into the country enhancing the welfare budget and national security, we wonder what happen to that “lucky country” we allowed silky smooth mandarins following their own policies outside of government controlling the political machine to maintain perpetual salvation of power above the people.
Landbridge Group Sign Gas Agreement
November 17, 2014 Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Canberra, the two leaders decided to enhance the Sino-Australian relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Australia, announced the end of substantive negotiations on China-Australia free trade agreement.
Landbridge came to Australian public attention in mid-2014 with its share offer and purchase of Brisbane-based gas producer Westside Corporation.
After the talks, Xi Jinping with Abbott witnessed the signing held at Parliament House. Lanbridge Group chairman Ye Cheng and Western Australia Energy CEO Mike Hughes signed a natural gas production base investment agreement.
Download the purchase document [HERE]
Landbridge Energy Australia Pty Ltd
Land bridge is a registered company in Australia with an ABN and all the legal requirements to operate a company.
A letter from a reader about the appalling behaviour of Minister for Northern Development Josh Frydenberg in Federal Parliament on October 21, 2015
Hi Josh, we just saw your comments about flogging off Darwin Port to the bloody Chinese, YET AGAIN.
Why are you and the free-trading, de-regulating Liberals so intent on selling our kids future??
Your disgraceful antics when answering Katters question are deplorable in the least, but not unexpected when Katter, the conscience of the Liberals and former Nationals, asks a question that you cannot truthfully answer.
Northern Development is just another cruel hoax and your comments have just proven it.
Yes there is not a high density of population north of the Tropic of Capricorn but that is no excuse to populate it with unwanted chinamen. I have a copy of Rudd’s Cabinet proposal to sell most of the north to China or Indonesia before they take it forcefully. It was published on www.cairnsnews.org last year I believe.
No doubt you are following the same UN dictate.
Is it any wonder people are fed up with neo-con Liberals and Labor recalcitrants in ‘Parliament’ just like you and naturally Malcolm, the Minister for his Jewish mates, Goldman Sachs?
Your machinations foment the white depopulation of Cape York and handing over much needed cattle breeder country to murris that will never again produce anything for the economy.
Did you know there are only 140,000 head of cattle remaining in the Far North?
Why did you allow Warren Entsch to ignore the handing over of the North’s only defence road, the Peninsula Development Road, to the unrepresentative and warring Cape York Land Council?
You have admitted in parliament (prima facie evidence) to the handing over of our country to a foreign power. This is not northern development, this is sedition and you and your ilk should be charged accordingly under the Criminal Code Act 1914.
From a Queensland voter