Beijing is ready to do anything just to ensure the flow of oil eastwards rather than westwards.
People’s Republic of China (PRC) officials are becoming increasingly apprehensive about the rise in the use of the westward corridor to export oil, diamonds, and rare minerals out of South Sudan and the Central African Republic via Cameroon. In other words, this creates a flow to Atlantic sea and air transportation routes, rather than routes eastward to Indian Ocean trade routes. Beijing is also concerned over the growing tension between Sudan and its neighbors – particularly South Sudan – because of the impact this might have on the PRC’s long-term designs to dominate Africa’s resources trade.
A key component of the Chinese long-term strategy has long been to converge all the flow of oil, gas, and minerals to a single export point on the shores of the Indian Ocean; that is, in the direction of China. This vision is getting closer to realization given the progress made toward beginning construction of the maritime complex in Lamu on…
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