Planting Cabbages in the Caribbean
China "Takes Over" Island of Dominica
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  • Andrew Allison

    I understand the “cabbage” strategy, but isn’t it a bit far-fetched to suggest that China can exert much real influence in the USA’s back yard. How, for example, would they supply any Caribbean-based forces in the event of conflict with the USA? Isn’t it more likely that the strategy is to shrink the USA’s zone of influence in the Pacific? More likely that China is simply recycling $US.

  • Corlyss

    I think it is more powerful than the alleged Obama pivot. Why? Because the Chinese efforts are real and material, while the alleged pivot is only vaporware. Nobody can look at what Obama is doing to the military, to the Navy specifically, and think a pivot is anything but words, words, and more words.

    • Andrew Allison

      Vapobama?

      • Corlyss

        Love it! May I used it?

        • Andrew Allison

          Of course!

  • Anthony

    The trend WRM has been labeled by some as the maneuverings of an Insecure Giant; and yes it’s hardly a counter-move to America’s pivot as demonstrated by these facts on ground: “For its part, the US has shifted substantial military power toward Asia – with high-profile military deployments in Australia and the Philippines and 60% of America’s Naval capabilities now deployed in the region – and has enhanced its defense ties with Japan and South Korea. Moreover, it is helping to spearhead the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an economic and trade agreement that excludes China but includes many of its regional neighbors.” So, China’s Caribbean economic outreach may be indicative of no more than “The Rise of an Insecure Giant”.

  • lukelea

    A $300 million dollar investment = takeover? You can’t be serious. Did Russia “take over” Cuba? How much did they spend? Many orders of magnitude more I would guess.

    • Tom

      Cuba had Fidel Castro, who, despite being ruthless and power-hungry, also was fiercely independent–or as much as he could be.
      I suspect such is not the case on the eastern half of Hispaniola.

      • lukelea

        I wish China would take over Haiti. Nobody else will. Jayman is half Chinese and half African (plus some Irish) and look how smart he turned out!

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