Hurricane Dorian's devastation in the Bahamas should have alarmed US officials that China could use the tragedy as a back door to gain a foothold in the Caribbean, and that the Communist country uses international aid as a Trojan horse to build a base for Influence Only 50 miles from the Florida coast.
Current and former US officials, some of whom spoke anonymously to the media, said this week that the Trump administration is currently focused on helping Bahamians who are struggling immediately after the storm has claimed the islands as Category 5 estimated to damage up to $ 7 billion. But in the coming months and years, according to official figures, the US also needs to look closely as China re-emerges as a key player in recovery efforts.
"There are certainly concerns that the Chinese have unrestricted access to the region," said Fernando Cutz, a former senior director of the National Security Council of the Trump administration, told NPR. "They could imagine a situation where they would develop intelligence skills and gather intelligence skills."
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Cutz added, "And of course, one day, they might have a base, naval base, or some kind of Chinese military base is a major national security problem for the United States. "
China is already investing heavily in energy, infrastructure and mining projects worldwide, and is gaining influence on continents such as Africa and South America.
In the Caribbean, Chinese technology giant Huawei – A US company posing a significant national security risk – helped build telecommunications networks in countries like the Bahamas, where phone lines were largely destroyed by the storm, Axios reported.
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"The government will see this as part of a wider concern that China invests in countries threatened by threats. These countries could potentially commit China or China, and the US influence on the West Hemisphere, "said John Dermody, who resigned as deputy legal advisor to the National Security Council in June. "And I would say that concerns are particularly acute when investing in information technology, and considering the catastrophic damage in the Bahamas, I think this will be a problem."
So far, the United Nations announced the purchase of eight tons of ready-to-eat meals and said they would provide satellite communications equipment as well as air-transport storage units, generators, and prefab offices. Set up logistics centers in the Bahamas.
UN Humanitarian Aid Chief Mark Lowcock told the Associated Press that on the islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco, where Dorian was hovering earlier this week, about 70,000 people "urgently need life-saving assistance."
A British King The naval ship docked in Abaco also distributes supplies of hurricane survivors. On Grand Bahama, a Royal Caribbean cruise ship delivered 10,000 meals, 10,000 bottles of water and more than 180 generators, as well as diapers and flashlights.
American Airlines said it had flown from Miami to Nassau on a Boeing 737 to drop 14,000 pounds of relief supplies.
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Rhode Island National Guard troops will also travel to the Bahamas to help. The guard will mobilize three C-130J freighters to depart Friday from the Quonset Air National Guard Base.
Total property losses in the Bahamas, with no infrastructure and vehicles, could reach $ 7 billion Karen Clark & Co. valued.
The Associated Press has contributed to this report.