Washington: “China’s Belt and Road Initiative, in particular, is an attempt to create its own globally decisive naval force… its modus operandi preys off nations’ financial vulnerabilities….In the final analysis, these unfavourable deals strangle a nation’s sovereignty -like an Anaconda enwrapping its next meal,” warned Admiral John Richardson, the Chief of Naval Operations. Admiral Richardson also cited the examples of countries such as Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Djibouti to have trapped in this initiative of China.
While speaking before the US Congress, the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Richardson gave information about the challenges the US naval has to face. There is a rising threat to the US naval from China and Russia. Moreover, Admiral Richardson also warned that the expansion of the Chinese naval force poses a threat to the US Navy as well as to its international interests. The Belt and Road initiative thrust upon Asia, Africa and Europe by Chinese President Xi Jinping is the cause of the expansion of the Chinese Naval Force, said Admiral Richardson.
Additionally, China has signed a few deals with the Asian, African and the European nations through this initiative. Richardson informed US Congress that the deals were economically detrimental to those countries. Moreover, China’s Belt and Road Initiative, in particular, is blending diplomatic, economic, military, and social elements of its national power in an attempt to create its own globally decisive naval force, claimed the Chief. Admiral Richardson also drew attention to the fact that China’s modus operandi preys off nations’ financial vulnerabilities.
Furthermore, after entrapping these nations financially, China has been expanding its naval force by capturing these nations’ ports. “This policy of China is equivalent to an Anaconda enwrapping its next meal,” sharply criticised Admiral Richardson.