Control over the Panama Canal is the key to US global hegemony
The Foreign Ministers of Russia and Nicaragua, Sergei Lavrov and Denis Moncada Colindres, at a joint press conference in Moscow, condemned the US sanctions pressure on Nicaragua and called on Washington and its allies to abandon plans to turn Nicaragua into a hotbed of regional tension. In November, parliamentary elections will take place in Nicaragua, and the Nicaraguan authorities do not exclude that Washington, using the methods of political engineering, will try to provoke anti-government demonstrations in the country, following the example of Cuba.
“The Nicaraguan people have the right and are able to determine their own destiny.”– Lavrov noted, stressing that all responsibility for the possible consequences of the alleged riots will fall on those who provoke them.
In August 2020, the Nicaraguan journalist Radio La Primerisima William Grigsby (William Grigsby) published a 14-page excerpt from the American “controlled transition” plan (ordered transition) Nicaragua from the reign of President Daniel Ortega “To a government that is committed to the law, civil rights and a free civil society”… The American Agency for International Cooperation (USAID) will finance this “transition”.
Ortega is the leader of the Sandinista Revolution (1979), which ended the rule of the pro-American dictator Anastasio Somoza. In the 2011 presidential election, Ortega received 71.1% of the vote and became president for the third time in a row. In total, he was elected president four times (1984, 2006, 2011, 2016), and Washington fears that Nicaraguans will again vote for his team in the November elections.
To overthrow Ortega, the United States organized anti-government riots in 2018. Grigsby reports that through YOU SAID*** and the National Democratic Institute (NDI ***) this was allocated $ 30 million for anti-government groups.
Ortega does not suit the White House by pursuing an independent economic and foreign policy, condemning NATO’s aggression against Libya in 2011, and maintaining allied relations with Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, Iran, China and Russia. But Ortega’s most important “sin” before the United States is the construction plan jointly with China. Nicaraguan Canal as an alternative to the Panama Canal. Russia and Venezuela are also invited to the project.
At the moment, the project is frozen, but its implementation is a matter of time. The projected canal will be wider and deeper than the Panama Canal, with a capacity of 5,100 vessels per year. This is less than along the Panama Canal (14 thousand), but can significantly relieve the canal through Panama, which can barely cope with cargo traffic. Control over the Panama Canal is a guarantee of US global hegemony, which depends, among other things, on easy access to world useful resources and their rapid transportation. If the Nicaraguan Canal appears, other countries will gain access to the resources.
According to the International Energy Agency, LNG consumption will grow by 50% by 2035. The largest importer of this fuel is Japan; in India, gas imports will increase by 2% annually until 2040. Japan and India are key US allies in the Indo-Pacific region. It is important for the Americans not to allow energy cooperation of these countries with Russia and Iran. 8% of the world’s LNG supplies pass through the Panama Canal; with the introduction of an alternative route, prices for liquefied gas for Asian countries may decrease by 10-15%. Japan and India, taking advantage of this opportunity, will slow down the pace of energy cooperation with the United States.
Managua is ready to give Chinese investors control over the future Nicaraguan Canal for a period of 50 to 100 years. Beijing will gain access to the passage from the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean and will be able to send warships to Central America to defend its economic interests or build a naval base. For Washington, this means the end of the Monroe Doctrine (1823) – the prevention of the military presence of other states in the waters washing the coast of the United States. China plans to strengthen its naval presence in Yemen, Tanzania, Mozambique, Madagascar and in the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, which connects the Indian Ocean with the Mediterranean Sea.
4 million oil passes through the strait per day from the Persian Gulf countries to Asia and Africa, but this “bottleneck” with a minimum width of 29 km can hardly cope with the growing flow of cargo. The global energy system is losing stability, and Beijing is interested in alternative energy supply routes.
Washington fears that under Ortega, Nicaragua’s affiliation to the so-called. Bolivarian axis (Bolivarian axis) – political, ideological and economic alliance with Bolivia, Venezuela, Cuba and several island states of the Caribbean. Syria and Iran have observer status in this organization. The purpose of the association is to contribute to the socio-economic development of the Central American countries, including the provision of energy resources in exchange for goods to those of them who do not have oil and gas reserves, the creation of a common information space and the coordination of foreign policy.
The ideological platform of the union is Bolivarianism. Named after Simón Bolívar, hero of the South American war of independence from Spanish rule, this ideology sees the future of South America in reducing its dependence on the United States and strengthening South American geopolitical identity.
By analogy with the phrase of the British geopolitician Helford Mackinder “Who owns Eastern Europe, he owns the core of Eurasia (Heartland)and who owns Eurasia owns the world “, American geopolitician Lewis Tams (Lewis Thumbs) said: “Who owns Santa Cruz, he owns Charkas, and who owns Charkas, he owns South America”… Santa cruz (Santa Cruz) – the territory of the department of the same name in Bolivia, the largest economic center of the country. Charkas (Charkas) – a province in central Bolivia.
Nicaragua as an ally of Bolivia does not suit the United States. Seeing in it one of the strategic links of the Bolivarian axis, Washington is in a hurry to plunge Nicaragua into a state of political and economic crisis and, on this wave, bring an American protégé to power.
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