The Dark Shadow of Chinese Globalization Falls Over Italy

Police officers in front of a cargo container ship at a port in Qingdao, China, in 2018. (Stringer/Reuters)
China’s ambition is nothing less than world domination through control of maritime trade.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE B y quietly acquiring a global network of commercial ports from countries and investors unable or unwilling to maintain their critical economic infrastructure, China has reverse-engineered the logic of conquest: Chinese state-owned companies now control a base network of the sort that previous global hegemons obtained through military victory. Expect China to use the coronavirus crisis to accelerate its efforts to use that economic leverage to pull host countries deeper into Beijing’s political orbit.

It’s too early to say that the coronavirus crisis spells the end of globalization, but as the pandemic unfolds, the outlines of a new international trade and political

Christopher R. O'DeaMr. O’Dea is an adjunct fellow at the Hudson Institute. He is working on a book about China’s maritime commercial network.

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