Doc wrote: ↑
Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:46 am
neverfail wrote: ↑
Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:36 am
China does not need it. As things stand China can buy all the natural resources it wants on the world market in most cases far more cost-effectively.
Siberia's resources failed to save the USSR.
SO why then is it claiming the South China Sea when it could simply buy the oil extracted from there?
Neverfail can speak for himself of course but I wonder if this isn't some kind of 'near abroad' strategy. China may be worried that Singapore will become too democratic for its liking in the future and wants to hold something over them. A truly democratic Singapore would create a population of educated mandarin speakers, which would pose an existential threat to China's ideology.
China has already deployed vast forces on its border with North Korea and it seems pretty obvious it's not because they fear invasion, it's because they fear unification and the dangerous ideas that would bring to their border.
Since glasnost and perestroika, it is reported that the CCP is obsessed with stopping such movements there.
OTOH, let's not forget that the largest empire in history seemed "to have conquered half the world in a fit of absence of mind". The UK began by creating bases to defend trade and coaling stations for ships. As time went on, more and more land was justified, until they were losing money on it, resulting in "little Englandism".
So I think it's ideology at this point, which may become 'the new great game' in the future.