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OPINION: Pakistani-Chinese Naval Capabilities A Growing Threat

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Lawrence Sellin | Retired Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve

I am not talking about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a program of infrastructure and resource exploitation projects linked to a transportation network that connects China to the Pakistani ports of Gwadar and Karachi on the Arabian Sea, the flagship of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and Beijing’s blueprint for global domination.

I am talking about CPEC’s hard power component, the enormous expansion of dual-use military facilities being established all along Pakistan’s southern Balochistan coast.

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The purchase of land in Balochistan by the Pakistani Navy and the expansion of naval facilities in the province have occurred in parallel with the onset of Chinese investment in the deep-water port of Gwadar after an agreement was signed during the state visit of Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji in 2001. Construction began in 2002 and subsequent to completion of Phase 1 in 2007, the first commercial cargo vessel docked at the port on March 15, 2008, the then Chinese “POS Glory,” with 70,000 metric tons of wheat.

In 2008, the Pakistani Navy obtained 2,500 acres of land near Kunchiti village in the Dasht subdivision along the M8 highway, which eventually became part of the CPEC land route connecting China to Gwadar. In that area, there is a large parcel of fenced land with watchtowers where Chinese officials and engineers have visited and conducted pre-construction soil sampling. The site is believed to be designated for the housing of personnel.

In 2010, the Pakistani Navy acquired, some might say confiscated, farmland on the outskirts of Turbat, a city northeast of Gwadar and approximately 100 kilometers inland from the coast. In 2017, Pakistan opened — and the Chinese visited — a new naval air base outside of Turbat. The base is meant to provide air surveillance and defense cover for the maritime areas between Gwadar and Pakistan’s Ormara naval base, considered of strategic importance to CPEC.

In December 2017, it was reported that high-level Chinese delegations had visited Sonmiani, just north of Karachi, and purchased large tracts of land in the area. Sonmiani is the location of Pakistan’s space center and the newly-established Weapon Testing Range, built with the support of China.

This year there have been revelations about plans to build a Chinese naval base on the Jiwani peninsula, Chinese submarine visits to Pakistan’s Ormara naval base and Chinese-Pakistani discussions related to potential military projects on the island of Astola, which is located adjacent to vital sea lanes about twenty miles off the coast between the Pakistani naval bases at Pasni and Ormara.

Recently, local residents claim the Pakistan Navy is buying thousands of acres of land around the Kalmat Khor Lagoon, roughly halfway between the Balochistan’s coastal towns of Pasni and Ormara (again), even though the area surrounding the lagoon is a designated wildlife sanctuary. Fishermen in the village of Kalmat say their access to the lagoon has been blocked by security posts being built by the Pakistan Navy.

Thus, in less than a decade, there has been an unprecedented increase in Pakistani-Chinese naval capability along the entire Balochistan coast from the Jiwani peninsula near the Iranian border to Sonmiani just north of Karachi.

Seen as an extension of CPEC, this “China-Pakistan Military Corridor,” commenced last month under the guise of Pakistan’s Regional Maritime Security Patrols (RMSP). It is being advertised as a means “to protect national and international shipping” and an ability for “generating rapid support to contingencies like Humanitarian Assistance, Search and Rescue and Non-Combatant Evacuation Operations in times of need.”

More likely, RMSP and the expansion of dual-use Pakistani-Chinese naval capability in Balochistan is to secure CPEC, control “critical sea areas and choke points in the Indian Ocean region” and provide a strategic link between China’s bases in the South China Sea and its naval facility in Djibouti at entrance to the Red Sea and the Suez Canal.

The “China-Pakistan Military Corridor” will isolate India, increase the vulnerability of U.S. operations in the Persian Gulf area and outflank the U.S. naval base on Diego Garcia.

Beijing’s ambitions remain unchecked.

Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D. is a retired U.S. Army Reserve colonel, an IT command-and-control subject matter expert, trained in Arabic and Kurdish, and a veteran of Afghanistan, northern Iraq and a humanitarian mission to West Africa.


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WOW! Guess Which MAJOR Republican Is Considering A Run For President Now In 2020!

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Rush Limbaugh at a rally with President Trump in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Nov. 5, 2018 (video screenshot)

After years of saying he would never run for any political office, radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh is now open to the possibility, even if it’s the White House.

“I’m not flat-out saying no,” Limbaugh said in the final moments of his Wednesday broadcast when a caller urged him to seek the presidency once President Donald Trump has completed his service to the nation.

“I am deeply flattered,” Limbaugh said of the suggestion. “Before Trump, it would not have been possible.”

Limbaugh was acknowledging that Trump has pushed back so well against his political opponents, including the media, it has opened the door for a conservative such as himself to consider the idea.

“I’ve been speaking 15 hours a week for 30 years,” Limbaugh, noting there could be plenty of fodder for opposition research that could be used against him, such as his use of the word “Feminazi” to describe militant feminists.

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Limbaugh said most members of the media don’t even try to understand who Trump is or why people support him.

“They’re still on this quest to kill Trump as a human being … that he’s absolute human debris and has no business being alive.”

He said the media had little understanding or respect for their viewers, who happen to vote.

“All they’re doing is thinking you’re stupid and dumb and dangerous,” Limbaugh explained. “It really is a case study in watching these elitists.”

On the eve of Thanksgiving, Limbaugh thanked his audience for making him such a success, saying: “To this day, I am still so appreciative of all of the great things you have made possible for me and my family, and there’s no way of repaying it all.”

“Being an American is a treasure.”

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HUGE Sports Star Arrested On Attempted Murder Charge – Allegations Are Extremely Disturbing

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UFC star Arnold Berdon was arrested and charged with the attempted murder of his wife and fellow fighter, Rachael Ostovich.

Ostovich was hospitalized Sunday after the alleged beating, and now it looks like the police have taken the next step in their criminal investigation.

TMZ reported the following late Tuesday night:

Cops in Honolulu opened a domestic violence investigation earlier this week … and now police officials tell us 27-year-old Arnold Berdon — Ostovich’s husband and father of her child — was arrested Tuesday evening on suspicion of second-degree attempted murder.

Berdon — a fighter himself who holds a 7-2 record — is still in custody at the Honolulu PD main station.

He has not yet appeared before a judge … where bail could be set.

It seemed like this was bound to happen given the reporting TMZ has been doing over these past couple of days. Yesterday, Ostovich got a restraining order until May 18, 2019, and now, her husband has been taken into custody on an extremely serious charge.

According to the same TMZ report, he could get up to life in prison if he’s convicted. The extent of Ostovich’s injuries still aren’t public yet, but it had been reported that there are broken bones in her face.

She also had an Instagram post early Wednesday morning that seemed to appear to be her asking for prayers.All the way around, this is just a terrible situation. Ostovich is a rising star that was supposed to fight Paige VanZant January 19. Obviously, that’s not going to happen anymore.

At this point, she should just hope to get healthy and let the justice system handle everything else.

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