China the new Global Superpower, Uncle Sam is no longer alone

from Paul Sandhu One major aspect of any Superpower is that it has a Military and Economic presence around the Globe. Britain, Spain, France and other European nations have had such a presence for centuries, and the US for the past 125 years or so. The Soviet Union was also active in Global affairs but until China’s presence has been confined to its borders. Now China is rising as a military and Economic giant that will one day challenge the US for the title of the world’s biggest Superpower.… China is planning to set up a modern high-tech military base in the diamond-rich Marange fields, says a German-based website, Telescope News. The news of the agreement to set up the first Chinese military airbase in Africa comes amid increasing bilateral cooperation between Zimbabwe and China – notably in mining, agriculture and preferential trade. China is the only country exempted from the indigenisation laws which force all foreign investors to cede 51% of their shareholding to carefully selected indigenous Zimbabweans. The Marange story quoted unnamed military officials and a diplomat admitting knowledge of the plan to set up the base. Efforts to get a comment from the Zimbabwe Defence Forces were fruitless, as spokesperson Lt Col Alphios Makotore was consistently unavailable and did not respond to emails by the time of going to press. The website speculated that China could be positioning itself for future “gunboat diplomacy” where its military presence would give it bargaining power against superpowers like the US. It would also be safeguarding its significant economic interests in Zimbabwe and the rest of Africa.

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