Beijing continues unceasingly to develop its « Silk Road » project. China’s vice-President, Wang Qishan, has undertaken a tour of the Near East which took him to Israel for four days.
According to the agreements which have already been signed, within two years China will control the major part of Israel’s agro-food industry, its high technology and its international exchanges.
A free trade agreement should follow, and the geopolitics of the whole region will be turned upside down.
The visit of Chinese vice-president Wang Qishan to Israel, Palestine, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates is aimed at developing the « New Silk Road ».
In the autumn of 2013, China made public its project for the creation of maritime and especially terrestrial communication routes across the world. It unblocked colossal sums of money and began to realize its plan at a rapid rate.
The main axes will cross either Asia or Russia towards Western Europe. But it is also planning routes across Africa and Latin America.
The project is going to meet two obstacles, one of them economic, the other strategic.
From the Chinese point of view, this project is aimed at exporting its products according to the model of the ancient « Silk Road » which, from the 2nd to the 15th century, linked China to Europe via the Ferghana Valley, Iran and Syria.
At the time, this concerned transporting products from town to town, so that at each stage they were exchanged for other goods according to the needs of the local merchants.
However, today, on the contrary, China hopes to sell directly to Europe and the world. But their products are no longer exotic wares (silks, spices, etc.) but identical to those of the Europeans, and often of superior quality.
The commercial route has been transformed into a super-highway. While Marco Polo was dazzled by the silks from the Far East without their equivalent in Italy, Angela Merkel is terrified at the idea of seeing her automobile industry destroyed by her Chinese competitors.
The developed countries are therefore going to have to do business with Beijing, and at the same time, protect their industries from economic shock.
By massively exporting its production, China will take over the commercial place that the United Kingdom – at first alone, then with the United States – has occupied since the industrial revolution.
It was specifically to maintain this supremacy that Churchill and Roosevelt signed the Atlantic Charter and the United States engaged in the Second World War.
It is therefore probable that the Anglo-Saxons will not hesitate to employ military force in order to hinder the Chinese project, just as they did in 1941 when faced with the German and Japanese projects.
Already in 2013, the Pentagon published the Wright plan, which programmed the creation of a new state straddling Iraq and Syria in order to cut the Silk Road between Baghdad and Damascus.
This mission was carried out by ISIS. China therefore modified the layout of its route. Beijing finally decided to build the route through Egypt, and invested in the doubling of the Suez Canal and the creation of a vast industrial zone 120 km from Cairo.
Similarly, the Pentagon organized a « color revolution » in Ukraine in order to cut the European route, and stirred up trouble in Nicaragua in order to prevent the construction of a new canal linking the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.
China invested in the Middle East with the sole idea of ensuring its supply of oil. It built refineries in Iraq which were inconveniently destroyed either by ISIS or by the Western Military Forces who were pretending to combat the ISIS.
Beijing also became the main buyer of Saudi Arabia’s « black gold ». It also constructed in the Kingdom the gigantic oil complex of Yasref-Yanbu for 10 billion dollars.
China has been negotiating a free-trade treaty with Israel since 2016. In this context, the Shanghai International Port Group has bought the concession for the exploitation of the ports of Haïfa and Ashdod, so that by 2021, China will control 90 % of Israeli commercial exchanges.
We should make no mistake about the reasons which allowed China to implant a military base in Djibouti, and it seems unlikely that Beijing concluded a secret agreement with Washington for the layout of this new Silk Road.
Certainly, the United States will not be too worried about an economic collapse of the European Union. However, in the long term, China and Russia are obliged to maintain good relations in order to protect themselves from the Western powers.
The Chinese-Israeli agreements suggest that, as Lenin said, « the capitalists will sell us the rope we shall use to hang them high.
Voltaire Network / ABC Flash Point News 2018.