This November 21, NATO’s Secretary General said from Madrid that China is increasing its control over key Western infrastructure and industries. The Chinese Communist regime’s advance on the world’s most important ports has not stopped. According to statistical data, the CCP manages 95 foreign ports and with that, exerts its influence on logistics and the supply chain.

“We see growing Chinese efforts to control our critical infrastructure, supply chains and key industrial sectors,” said Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary general, and warned Western countries against creating more dependence on China by decoupling from Russia as an energy supplier.

“Chinese rare earth minerals are present everywhere, including in our phones, our cars and our military equipment,” he said. “We cannot give authoritarian regimes any chance to exploit our vulnerabilities and undermine us.”

NATO is changing its stance toward China, previously seen as an important trading and strategic partner, as well as a relevant industrial hub for the West. However, as part of a summit last June, NATO unveiled its new strategy for dealing with China.

This new strategic concept details the threats the West would face against the countries’ democracies. The most prominent threat, after Russia, is China; according to the document, the Asian giant is singled out for the first time as a “systemic challenge to Euro-Atlantic security.”

“The People’s Republic of China’s malicious hybrid and cyber operations and its confrontational and disinformation rhetoric target allies and damage the security of the alliance,” the document says.

At this latest NATO meeting in Madrid, the secretary general reaffirmed the organization’s stance towards China and urged member countries to strengthen resilience: “resilience is a collective effort, and I count on all of you to play your part in this as well” to confront the influence of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is an international organization created by European and North American countries to achieve defense cooperation, has a large number of permanent troops and is a major military force in the West. This strategic military alliance was initiated after World War II.

CCP controls ports in 60 countries

According to the Wall Street Journal, CCP officials and businessmen are increasing investments and obtaining leases in critical infrastructure in NATO countries. Through Chinese companies based in Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Germany, Peru, Saudi Arabia and others, more than 27 percent of world trade passed through Chinese Communist Party-controlled port terminals by 2021.

An example of this is the port of Piraeus in Greece, located in the Aegean Sea. Logistics conglomerate COSCO acquired the rights to operate the port in 2016, taking advantage of the fallout from the Greek economic crisis since 2008. Years later, a Greek court authorized the Chinese group to buy more shares in the port and it now controls more than 67 percent of the company. For the CCP, this port represents the gateway to the entire European Union, in addition to having a privileged location at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa.

According to estimates, China controls almost 100 ports in 60 countries. From Germany to Greece and from there to the port of Haifa in Israel, the communist regime has advanced rapidly in the last five years.

One of its latest acquisitions is the port of Hamburg in Germany. The German government authorized COSCO to purchase 24.9 percent of the Tollerort Container Terminal (CTT), although this purchase did not grant COSCO management rights or participation in the port’s strategic decisions.

The port of Hamburg is the third largest European port, behind only Rotterdam (Netherlands) and Antwerp (Belgium), and the 20th largest in the world in terms of container traffic.

On November 21, NATO’s Secretary General said from Madrid that China is increasing its control over crucial Western infrastructure and industries. The Chinese Communist regime’s advance on the world’s most important ports has not stopped. According to statistical data, the CCP manages 95 foreign ports and exerts its influence on logistics and the supply chain.

“We see growing Chinese efforts to control our critical infrastructure, supply chains and key industrial sectors,” said Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary general, and warned Western countries against creating more dependence on China by decoupling from Russia as an energy supplier.

“Chinese rare earth minerals are present everywhere, including in our phones, our cars and our military equipment,” he said. “We cannot give authoritarian regimes any chance to exploit our vulnerabilities and undermine us.”

NATO is changing its stance toward China, previously seen as an important trading and strategic partner and a relevant industrial hub for the West. However, as part of a summit last June, NATO unveiled its new strategy for dealing with China.

This new strategic concept details the threats the West would face against the countries’ democracies. The most prominent threat, after Russia, is China; according to the document, the Asian giant is singled out for the first time as a “systemic challenge to Euro-Atlantic security.”

“The People’s Republic of China’s malicious hybrid and cyber operations and its confrontational and disinformation rhetoric target allies and damage the security of the alliance,” the document says.

At this latest NATO meeting in Madrid, the secretary general reaffirmed the organization’s stance towards China and urged member countries to strengthen resilience: “resilience is a collective effort, and I count on all of you to play your part in this as well” to confront the influence of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is an international organization created by European and North American countries to achieve defense cooperation, has a large number of permanent troops, and is a major military force in the West. This strategic military alliance was initiated after World War II.

The CCP controls ports in 60 countries, and according to the Wall Street Journal, CCP officials and business people are increasing investments and obtaining leases in critical infrastructure in NATO countries. Through Chinese companies based in Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Germany, Peru, Saudi Arabia, and others, more than 27 percent of world trade passed through Chinese Communist Party-controlled port terminals by 2021.

An example is the port of Piraeus in Greece, located in the Aegean Sea. Logistics conglomerate COSCO acquired the rights to operate the port in 2016, taking advantage of the fallout from the Greek economic crisis since 2008. Years later, a Greek court authorized the Chinese group to buy more shares in the port, and it now controls more than 67 percent of the company. For the CCP, this port represents the gateway to the entire European Union and has a privileged location at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa.

According to estimates, China controls almost 100 ports in 60 countries. From Germany to Greece and from there to the port of Haifa in Israel, the communist regime has advanced rapidly in the last five years.

One of its latest acquisitions is the port of Hamburg in Germany. The German government authorized COSCO to purchase 24.9 percent of the Tollerort Container Terminal (CTT), although this purchase did not grant COSCO management rights or participation in the port’s strategic decisions.

Hamburg is the third largest European port, behind only Rotterdam (Netherlands) and Antwerp (Belgium), and the 20th largest in the world in terms of container traffic.

In the United States, the company acquired rights in five ports: Miami, Houston, Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Seattle.

Another company, Shanghai International Port Group, acquired control of the Israeli port of Haifa in 2021.

These developments represent Xi Jinping’s plans since 2013, when he reported the creation of the “Maritime Silk Road” to connect the ports of several countries from China to the Indian Ocean, the South Pacific, Europe, and even Latin America.

Since then, the Chinese leader has made it a point to visit a port every year. In 2019, he visited the port of Piraeus in Greece.

In Panama, one of the most essential ports in Central America, China has a stake in three of the four ports. COSCO also acquired management rights to the port of Chancay in Peru.

According to an article published by the Daily Mail, former British Secretary for Defense and International Trade, Dr. Liam Fox, and former U.S. National Security Advisor Robert McFarlane noted that this acquisition of ports gives China “strategic dominance without having to deploy a single soldier, ship or weapon.”

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