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Overseas investors will also be barred from engaging in river shipping, including through the use of Chinese vessels, according to a statement posted on the government’s website yesterday. The ban, which comes into effect Jan. 1, doesn’t apply to vessels registered in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.
Originally posted by Daedal
I don't know what percentage of American ships transit the domestic waterways inside China, and if this will have a dampening effect upon trade relations and GDP inside the U.S. and other countries, but it seems like a move to counter the offset in export losses China reported earlier this year.
Whatever the case may be the Chinese are securing their domestic waterways to ensure future contracts and rewards go to local operators.
Originally posted by ANNED
The Chinese merchant fleet officers are all reserve Chinese navy.
The Chinese have mapped ever port in the world encase they ever need the information during a war,
Sounds like they don't want there harbors and rivers mapped by other countries
Originally posted by cheesyleps
reply to post by Daedal
What percentage of American ships? I can pretty much guarantee that number would be close to zero.
As an ex merchant navy navigation officer I can tell you that I never once saw a US flagged vessel operating outside of US waters.
The "merchant marine" as you guys call it is a ridiculously protected industry in the US. The seafarers are very heavily unionised and protected massively by American law. US officers are paid roughly double what officers from the UK (next highest wages) are paid on international vessels. Laws like the Jones act make operating a vessel in US Coastal waters very difficult without being US flagged and US flagged vessels must be crewed by US seafarers.
No other country in the world does this as far as I know.
I worked for Chevron for five years and the majority of their vessels aren't US flagged. The lightering vessels in California are required by the jones act to visit a non-US port every month. If you consider that trip represents approximately 4-5 million USD in costs and loss of earnings each year, yet is still a more economical option than flagging in the US, it's easy to see that the situation on your end is unusual.
In essence, to the guy who said the Chinese are starting a trade war, your lot have had similar policies since WW2. Don't let the truth get in the way of a good rant though.