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Chinese ship takes shorter Arctic Route [Straits Times] #RisingChina #ArcticRoute

To complement its string of pearls: China eyes  the Bering Strait and Russian coastline to solidify access to the European market worth US$550 billion in two-way trade last year.

Made navigable by shrinking Arctic ice, this route potentially shaves 12-15 days off the journey through the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea.

Also, please see the prelude China Granted Access to Arctic Club as Resource Race Heats Up [Business Week] earlier in 2013 and

Chinese cargo ship sets sail for Arctic short-cut [Financial Times, August 11, 2013]

The Yong Sheng, a 19,000-tonne vessel operated by state-owned Cosco Group, set sail on August 8 from Dalian, a port in northeastern China, bound for Rotterdam. According to an announcement on Cosco’s website, the journey via the Bering Strait could shave as much as 15 days off the traditional route through the Suez Canal and Mediterranean Sea.

Chinese ship plys new Arctic trade route [Sydney Morning Herald, August 11, 2013]

For more info on COSCO and its fleet of ships (including the Yong Sheng), please click here.

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Chinese ship takes shorter Arctic Route
by the AFP
Source – Straits Times, published August 11, 2013

Source - Straits Times, 2013

Source – Straits Times, 2013

Filed under: Arctic, Beijing Consensus, Chinese Model, Climate Change, Domestic Growth, Economics, Environment, Europe, European Union, Finance, Influence, Infrastructure, International Relations, Modernisation, Peaceful Development, Politics, Public Diplomacy, Resources, Soft Power, Straits Times, Strategy, String of Pearls, Tao Guang Yang Hui (韬光养晦), The Chinese Identity, Trade, Transport

China takes over Gwadar Port [Global Times] #China #Pakistan #Gwadar #StringOfPearls

String of Pearls: The global game of ‘Risk‘ sees China gaining a strategic deep-water foothold for naval deployment into the Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf, plus a more expedient energy route in tow. It serves too, as an alternative to the Straits of Malacca, where >80% the China’s imported oil has to go through.

Also – see 2011 Flashpoints: Asia – ‘String Of Pearls’ Is Securing China’s Sea Lanes by David Eshel

The headline ‘China takes over Gwadar Port‘ leaves little doubt how the top-down wishes this to be read in the mind of its readers.

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China takes over Gwadar Port
by Xu Tianran
Source – Global Times, published February 19, 2013

File photo shows the Gwadar Port in Southwest Pakistan. Photo: hinews.cn

File photo shows the Gwadar Port in Southwest Pakistan. Photo: hinews.cn

A Chinese company Monday took over the operation of the strategic Gwadar Port in Southwest Pakistan and at the door of the Strait of Hormuz, which has been seen as a move that could secure an energy route for China.

At a ceremony held in Islamabad on Monday afternoon, representatives from Chinese Overseas Port Holdings Ltd, Gwadar Port Authority and the Port of Singapore Authority (PSA) signed an agreement on the transfer of the port’s administrative control. Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari attended the ceremony, saying the agreement marked the start of a new chapter in the lives of the people of Baluchistan and the Pakistan-China friendship, Pakistan’s The Express Tribune reported.

Under the agreement, the Chinese company will fully assume responsibility for the port. It will remain the property of Pakistan and the Chinese company will share the profits.

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Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Economics, Government & Policy, Hard Power, Influence, International Relations, military, Modernisation, Nationalism, Pakistan, Peaceful Development, Politics, Public Diplomacy, Soft Power, Strategy, String of Pearls, Tao Guang Yang Hui (韬光养晦), Territorial Disputes, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities

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