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Originally posted by sonhousePlease be specific. Africa is a very big place. Which dam, and what are the political caveats?
Well, the dam they are building in Africa is certainly coming with some political caveats.
Originally posted by twhitehead9 billion dollar project, Omo river dam in Ethiopia.
Please be specific. Africa is a very big place. Which dam, and what are the political caveats?
Originally posted by sonhouseSo when you said 'political caveats' you really meant possible future political caveats due to economic caveats? And I note that the article you referenced does not support your claim. Do you have any evidence to support your claim?
Building dams all over Africa with few strings attached, except the big one of who gets to supply parts to fix a strictly Chinese project, when things start to break after the mechanical honeymoon is over, the Chinese can reap a lot of money and political influence both by that and the making of good will, that reaps political benefits down the line. China thinks in the long term.
Originally posted by sonhouseThose countries also lay claim to those islands, but they don't have the military might to secure them, especially against China. Word around the campfire is that it's about oil, as well as a strategic staging area.
I think countries around there like the Philippines and Japan have more of a vested interest in stopping China than the US. They are the ones being indirectly threatened.
This also may be a pre-cursor to attacking Taiwan.
Originally posted by sonhouseSonhouse, I have noticed how ignorant and misinformed you are about much of the world.
What is it China is after, trying to lay claim to a huge swath of ocean off the coast of the Philippines?
The world seems to be of the opinion the waters they built up those artificial islands are in international waters and cannot just be taken over by China.
What are they after? Is there oil there? Are they just doing it because the CAN?
What if the US sends 3 or 4 carriers to the area, what then? Another series of sea battles?
Originally posted by bill718If you remember, the N. Koreans captured a US naval vessel a bit bigger than a dinghy, and armed with more than binoculars. We can quite effectively monitor what's going on via satellites, so why send carriers?
OK...we'll send 1 sailor in a dinghy with a pair of binoculars to watch those wily Chinese create those artificial islands, and we fulfilled our obligation under the treaty. I'm sure those artificial islands will upset the balance of power in the world. Maybe we should send another sailor to make sure the great wall is not being used as a cover to make counterfeit cereal box tops. 🙄