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arealdeadone06 Apr 2021 5:32 p.m. PST

Learn something new every day – a Chinese company with serious links to Chinese government actually owns/controls the largest port in Panama Canal, Margarita Island.

(Same company also controls port of Darwin in Australia).

The port opposite Margarita Island is also run by Hong Kong firm CK Hutchison.



So if the poop ever hits the fan, I wonder if the Americans will be able to the canal or if the Chinese will be able to sabotage it.

Nick Bowler06 Apr 2021 6:11 p.m. PST

In the event of hostilities, I doubt there will be issues that prevent countries from using the canal for any meaningful length of time. I think the real issue, as with Darwin, is long term intelligence gathering and monitoring of movements.

Zephyr106 Apr 2021 8:41 p.m. PST

Recent events have shown that jamming a supertanker in a narrow passage really messes things up. I'd imagine that for the PC, it would be just as easy… :-(

arealdeadone06 Apr 2021 8:45 p.m. PST

Zephyr, probably gets even easier to jam up the Panama Canal as its operations are far more complicated as they involve locks.

Garryowen Supporting Member of TMP07 Apr 2021 4:15 a.m. PST

We never should have given up control of that canal. Big time mistake. Just like all these other do good decisions.


Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP07 Apr 2021 6:06 a.m. PST

It remedies me of the Song from Cabaret Money,Money
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Legion 407 Apr 2021 8:35 a.m. PST

Well sooner or later the PRC/CCP will control … well … pretty much everything. Without firing a shot. But meanwhile the USA is looking for extremists in the military …

raylev308 Apr 2021 10:02 p.m. PST

Take a look at the world's sea lines of communication (SLOC) and choke points. You'll see that China is positioned in just about all of them…in position to control the SLOCs in wartime or to apply pressure short of war.

Note, they also run the port of Balboa on the Pacific side of Panama.

Legion 409 Apr 2021 10:39 a.m. PST

Well again, I guess we should not be surprised about this either.

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