The devastation of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas worries US officials that China may use tragedy as a back door to strengthen itself in the Caribbean nation, and the communist country uses international aid efforts as a Trojan horse to establish a base of influence. just 50 miles off the coast of Florida.
Current and former US officials, some of whom speak anonymously to the media, said this week that the Trump administration is currently focused on helping Bahamian people fight in the aftermath of the storm that hit the Category 5 islands, and some estimated $ 7 billion in damage. But in the months and years to come, officials say, the US must also pay close attention if China emerges as a key player in the reconstruction effort.
"There is certainly concern about the Chinese having full access to the region," Fernando Katz, a former senior director at the Trump Administration's National Security Council, told NPR. "You could imagine a situation where they would develop intelligence capabilities, intelligence capabilities."
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Katz added: "And, of course, one day they could potentially have a base, a naval base, or some Chinese military base, coast would be a very important national security problem for the United States. "
China already invests heavily in energy, infrastructure and mining projects around the world, gaining influence on continents such as Africa and South America
In the Caribbean, Chinese technology giant Huawei, a company considered by the US to be a significant risk to national security – has helped build telecommunications networks in countries like the Bahamas, where telephone wiring has been largely destroyed by the storm, Axios reports.
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"The administration will view this as part of a broader concern about the potential for countries in China to invest in countries for China, or indebted to China and reduce the influence of the United States in the Western Hemisphere, "said John Dermody, who left his post as deputy legal advisor at the National Security Council in June at NPR." And I would say that the problem is particularly sharp when investments will be in information technology. And in view of the catastrophic damage to the Bahamas, I think that will be a problem. " Harbor of Big Abaco, Bahamas on Thursday.
(AP / Miami Herald)