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May 16, 2017

A new bipolar world, one where for the first time the US could potentially be the weaker state.

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For the United States the prospect of a high capacity land logistics corridor through the Eurasian landmass means that
China would be less vulnerable to maritime blockade, especially by naval forces in the Indian Ocean. It also raises the prospect of a new bipolar world, one where for the first time the US could potentially be the weaker state. To the many impoverished countries along planned Silk Road route -- many of them Islamic -- Beijing's announcement simply means a potential windfall. "Behind China's trillion-dollar effort to build a modern Silk Road is a lending program of unprecedented breadth, one that will help build ports, roads and rail links, but could also leave some banks and many countries with quite a hangover." Caravan

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Posted by: ghostsniper at May 16, 2017 9:29 AM

China would be less vulnerable to maritime blockade, especially by naval forces in the Indian Ocean.

Not so much. It's hard to bomb a trackless ocean into uselessness. It is easy to bomb a land-based transportation network into uselessness -- just ask the Germans and the Japanese about the state of their roads, bridges, and railroads in the summer of 1945.

Bomb the Hell out of this new Silk Road (why not -- a naval blockade is an act of war in itself, yes?) and continue to bomb the Hell out of it while we sink the PLA Navy. China would be on its knees within a few months.

My two cents' worth.

Hale Adams
Pikesville, People's still-mostly-Democratic Republic of Maryland

Posted by: Hale Adams at May 16, 2017 7:06 PM

I'm with Hale Adams. How many bridges on this "Silk Road"?

One bridge bombed and there is no more road.

Even so, a great idea, it will enrich everyone on the road and at the ends. A bit of money, a few luxury goods, more of the bare necessities, and even the Islamic savage stupids might wise up a bit.

Posted by: Fred Z at May 18, 2017 5:27 AM

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