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Asia's Game of Thrones
Pakistan Fights to Protect Chinese-Managed Port
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  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    Land transportation will never be able to compete with Ocean Shipping. In addition, the Taliban sits directly on this route, and will be preying on any commerce that comes by. Also, China has hit the wall, and is in a steep decline with a bottom no where in sight. Therefore, this whole silk road project is NOT economically feasible, given the bandits, higher costs, and limited tonnage of trucks and trains compared to shipping.
    China may see it as a way to continue importing oil from Iran, in the event of a blockade of its ports, to which it is extremely vulnerable. But it will take much of that oil to transport itself over the thousands of miles from Iran to China, with bandits, greedy dictators, and other hazards all along the route.

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