China’s desire to buy a controlling stake in the Klaipeda port in Lithuania raises doubts about Beijing’s motives, as the port could be detrimental to NATO military operations.
This attempt to invest in a deep-water port will extend the CCP’s “Belt and Road” initiative to the Baltic Sea, and US officials are already worried that the CCP may pose a military threat to the North Atlantic.
Lithuanian Defense Minister Raymundas Karoblis believes that China’s purchase of ports may create obstacles for NATO to reach military cargo, military equipment, or reinforcements during the crisis.
The source said: What the CCP wants is not to invest in the port. They want to control it and want to own 50% or more of the shares.
Chinese officials have been using diplomatic and military forces in northern Europe for the past two years. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned in May that after Beijing declared itself a “near-Arctic” power, the Arctic “has become the arena for power and competition with China.” In 2017, China and Russia, the two major US geopolitical competitors, chose the Baltic Sea as the location for the first joint naval exercise.
Lithuanian authorities are opposed to the transaction.
Lithuanian authorities have warned other NATO allies of the risks of such agreements while blocking the sale. “Our position is very clear; that is, this is a strategic infrastructure project.” “We cannot rely on China.” That said, in their view, the Chinese government is untrustworthy.
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