ISRAEL - China Wins Haifa Port

Arno Froese

The great battle over the Haifa Port has played out, and China beat the US in competing to influence Israeli policy.

China will start running the port in 2021, and the US will need to decide whether to continue to dock its Sixth Fleet there or follow through on its threat to pull out.

As Institute for National Security Studies China program director Assaf Orion has previously written, the US is “highly sensitive to Chinese acquisitions in the fields of artificial intelligence, robotics, autonomics, semiconductors…not all of which are directly military/defense-related…But the lines between civilian and military applications of these technologies are not steadfast.”

When The Jerusalem Post visited China this summer, it seemed that what was brilliant and unique about what China can offer is that its advanced technology deep sea port in Shanghai is almost completely automated.

It uses an army of networked, automated, guided vehicles, an automated stacking crane system and other automated systems to move over 42 million shipping container units per year with a bare minimum of human intervention for a complex process that once required effectively an army of humans doing physical labor.

In this regard, INSS researcher Doron Ella argues that the Haifa Port question was always mostly symbolic.

He noted that, in fact, the US already docks its naval vessels at two US ports run by the Chinese.

Where the only concern was angering the US in its ongoing competition with China about developing the AI, cyber, big data, robotics and facial recognition industries, Israel is leaning toward China for now., 12 December 2019

Arno's commentary

The fact that Israel sided with China points to Israel’s apparent hope in partnering even closer with communist China. In the meantime, China has established transportation networks by land, sea, and air for its manufacturing base—open roads for export. What is most worrisome for the West is China’s developments in artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, big data, robotics, and facial recognition. Several leading politicians in the European Union have called attention to China’s ambitions, which they often call the new Silk Road. The irony of the whole development is that the United States takes great pain in protecting its military installations in many parts of the world, while communist China is playing the capitalistic hand—free trade.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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