Original date posted December 27, 2017
How long until China's multi-billion dollar loans and investments in the tiny independent nation of Grenada becomes a threat to the security of the United States?
While Grenada is best known for its spices and beaches, it is one of the smallest and poorest independent countries in the Western Hemisphere. It has also become another opportunity for China to continue its ever growing international land grab.
A number of Chinese companies have already been quietly involved in many infrastructure projects on the tiny island. Including the construction of a national sports stadium and development plans for government-subsided work to help the nation repair the damage caused to Grenada's housing by hurricanes.
The attempt at making this deal transparent and everything on the surface appearing to be in the best interest for the Grenadians should be seen as a goodwill move by China, right?
Apparently not so much, as there are certain parts of the plans that remain confidential. Details of which cannot be discussed in public without clearance by the Chinese government. Especially, after China took steps to warn the Grenadians that the envisioned development between the two country's would not be achieved. Unless the Grenadian government took strong, effective measures to ensure and protect the interests of its foreign investors.
This is interesting news, since China has put thirty plus years in developing plans for this particular acquisition. Plans that will include the building of deep-water ports to accommodate cargo ships and a new airport. Along with a new airport that is set to be built on the tip of Grenada's main island. The airport will have longer runways to accommodate larger planes that will be landing only 2,500 km southeast of Miami thereby putting China at the United States backdoor.
All of this of course, will make the once independent nation of Grenada, China's newest puppet. That is if Grenada opts for the wholesale adoption of China's development plan which they will and in turn increases Beijing's influence in the Caribbean.
Could all the security and secrecy be seen as a threat to US national security? Why yes it can and the U.S. government's has had concerns about this scenario before in 1983. With the Iranian Hostage Crisis still fresh in everyone's mind and 600 U.S. medical students on Grenada's main island.
The Soviet Union at that time had plans to help redevelop the tiny nation of Grenada and expand their influence in the region. Part of the Soviet's plans also included a new airport on the tip of Grenada's main island, including a 3 km runway. Which is long enough for Soviet aircraft carrying strategic payloads to land on the island and was seen as a threat to then United States President Reagan.
That along with the October coup later that same year, which brought six days of in country fighting. Ending after hard-line military junta elements captured and executed Grenada's Leftist Prime Minister Bishop, his partner Jacqueline Creft, and three cabinet ministers. Pushed the United States along with the backing and support from other countries to launch "Operation Urgent Fury".
In the years since, China's government has used this episode in history to convince the Grenadians that with China's financial backing the poor nation could become a tourism hot spot. It also allowed for China to boost their own position within the Grenadian government.
Late in August, Chinese experts visited the island nation and met with Grenadian government officials in charge of the country's diplomatic relations, economic, tourism, agriculture, industry, and education. According to reports from "China's Development Bank," the multi-billion dollar deal comes at the request of the Grenadian Government, and is helping the country draft a national development strategy".
Could China be extending a hand of goodwill allowing the Grenadian government to assume the responsibility for developing their country's own future? Maybe, but that doesn't explain why Beijing has become so interested in the development of not only Grenada but other islands in the Caribbean.
China, just as the Soviet's did in 1983, sees Grenada and other nearby islands for exactly what they are, strategic and financial assets. In the end, China views Grenada and other nearby islands as assets not only to boost their presence in the Caribbean but as future offshore tax havens for foreign companies or individuals.