Wang Jing: The man behind the Nicaragua canal project

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Ray, Mar 28, 2015.

  1. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

    Apr 17, 2009
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    This is a bold project that has great economic, political and strategic implication.

    What is of significance is that Nicaragua is one of the poorest countries in the world.

    José Daniel Ortega Saavedra is a Nicaraguan politician who has been President of Nicaragua since 2007 and leader in the socialist Sandinista National Liberation Front (Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional, FSLN), his policies in government have seen the implementation of leftist reforms across Nicaragua.

    Joining the Sandinistas, Ortega travelled to Cuba to receive training in guerilla warfare from Fidel Castro's Marxist-Leninist government. After the Nicaraguan Revolution resulted in the overthrow and exile of Somoza's government.

    Even though the US gave assistance to Nicaragua for reconstruction, the relation has never been cordial.

    The Sandinistas supplied weapons to leftist El Salvadoran rebels and this was resented by the US.

    The Reagan administration funded the opposing rebel groups, known as the Contras, resulting in a vicious civil war. The UN brokered peace in 1990 and Ortega was defeated in the election by Violeta Chamorro, head of a 14-party anti-Sandinista alliance known as the National Opposition Union (Unión Nacional Opositora, UNO), an alliance that ranged from conservatives and liberals to communists, in the 1990 presidential election.

    Ortega won the 2006 presidential election.

    In office, he made alliances with fellow Latin American socialists, such as Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, and under his leadership, Nicaragua joined the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas.

    Therefore, his anti US and leftist leanings would surely go a long way in China being a favoured nation.

    However, the issue remains is that the US would be very chary about any Atlantic - Pacific waterway that is not under its tutelage and control.

    Further, this proposed Nicaraguan canal is closer to the US than the Panama Canal.


    For China, keen to find waterway links around the world that are not inimical to China's interest and rise as a global power would surely like to ensure that there are linking waterways to the Ocean beyond the US control.

    China is also increasing her footprint deep in South America.

    We have to await how this pans out.
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2015

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