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China’s Creep Continues: New Outposts in the Caribbean

China plans to bulldoze local paradises to erect a special economic zone in the Caribbean, raising serious concerns about U.S. security.

The revelations that China is intensifying its economic, diplomatic, and possibly military foothold in the Caribbean should ring alarm bells across the United States. Leaked documents have exposed a concerning expansion of Chinese influence in Antigua and Barbuda, positioning Beijing alarmingly close to American shores, merely 220 miles from the US Virgin Islands. This strategic maneuver not only enhances China’s espionage capabilities but echoes their existing intelligence operations in Cuba.

The United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) has expressed grave concerns that China may leverage its state-owned enterprises in the Caribbean for intelligence and military operations against the U.S. and its allies. This pattern of behavior is not isolated; it’s a part of China’s broader strategy to extend its geopolitical influence by ensnaring smaller nations into its orbit through economic and infrastructural investments, which invariably come with strings attached.

In Antigua, China plans to bulldoze local paradises to erect a Chinese-run special economic zone. This zone, alarmingly, will possess autonomous customs and immigration controls, host a shipping port, operate a dedicated airline, and even have the authority to issue passports. The scope of activities planned is startling, ranging from logistics and cryptocurrencies to facial surgery and virology. Such autonomy within a stone’s throw of American soil presents an unprecedented breach of what’s known as America’s third border.

The local impact of these developments is already palpable, with residents feeling the oppressive presence of Chinese influence, to the point where speaking out feels dangerous. This chilling atmosphere is a testament to the broader implications of China’s encroachments, where sovereignty is eroded, and freedoms are curtailed under the guise of investment and development.

The response from Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne, dismissing concerns as Cold War rhetoric and assuring loyalty to U.S. interests due to economic dependencies, seems naive if not complicit. Such reassurances do little to mitigate the strategic threat posed by China’s actions, which if left unchecked, signify a direct challenge to U.S. national security and a potential realignment of power in the region.

It’s imperative that the U.S. government and its allies recognize the gravity of this situation and respond accordingly. China’s encroachment in the Caribbean is not just a regional issue; it’s a stark escalation that could redefine security dynamics in the Western Hemisphere. We must hold these countries and companies accountable for favoring an expansionist and authoritarian regime over liberal democratic values. This is not merely a test of policy but a clear battle line for the values we uphold.

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.