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Dec. 22, 2019
DARA SAKOR, Cambodia — The airstrip stretches like a scar through what was once unspoiled Cambodian jungle.
When completed next year on a remote stretch of shoreline, Dara Sakor International Airport will boast the longest runway in Cambodia, complete with the kind of tight turning bay favored by fighter jet pilots. Nearby, workers are clearing trees from a national park to make way for a port deep enough to host naval ships.
The politically connected Chinese company building the airstrip and port says the facilities are for civilian use. But the scale of the land deal at Dara Sakor — which secures 20 percent of Cambodia’s coastline for 99 years — has raised eyebrows, especially since the portion of the project built so far is already moldering in malarial jungle.
The activity at Dara Sakor and other nearby Chinese projects is stirring fears that Beijing plans to turn this small Southeast Asian nation into a de facto military outpost.
Already, a far-flung Chinese construction boom — on disputed islands in the South China Sea, across the Indian Ocean and onward to Beijing’s first military base overseas, in the African Horn nation of Djibouti — has raised alarms about China’s military ambitions at a time when the United States’ presence in the region has waned. Known as the “string of pearls,” Beijing’s defense strategy would benefit from a jewel in Cambodia.
“Why would the Chinese show up in the middle of a jungle to build a runway?” said Sophal Ear, a political scientist at Occidental College in Los Angeles. “This will allow China to project its air power through the region, and it changes the whole game.”
Americas leaders today are nothing more then Chinese slaves and that my fellow Americans is the fkn truth.
originally posted by: muzzleflash
This is where an alliance with Russia makes a lot of sense.
originally posted by: buddha
Looking at the world map,
it is India who should do something.
US has been doing this a long time.
originally posted by: 727Sky
a reply to: musicismagic
Unfortunately many in the west think of China as a backward bunch of rice farmers...That ain't so, not anymore.. If there came a war China can out produce just about anyone on the planet at half the cost to their GDP.. That should be a concern for anyone who does not want to become an involuntary organ Donner or learn Mandarin Chinese. It may be to late to turn the tide which IMO is a shame to see so many fall under the yoke of the Chinese COMMUNIST Party. Just another name for thugs and mafia oriental style.