PERU - Largest Trading Partner: China

Arno Froese

A massive deep-water port for container ships is being built in Chancay, about 45 miles north of Lima, and it is being financed largely by China, Peru’s largest trading partner. The port will host some of the biggest cargo ships in the world and serve as an economic beachhead for China in Latin America, a region historically dominated by the United States where Beijing’s investment and influence is growing. 

U.S. officials have reportedly raised concerns with Peru that Chinese investment in the port could have national security implications, given Xi’s oft-mentioned ambition of turning China into a “maritime superpower.” The port’s builder says it is for commercial use only.

NBC News was granted extensive access to the sprawling Chancay Port complex, which is 60% owned by the Chinese state-owned company Cosco, one of the world’s biggest shipping companies, and 40% owned by the Peruvian mining company Volcan. 

The company hopes the first phase of the megaport—part of Xi’s signature Belt and Road infrastructure initiative—will be complete by the time the Chinese leader visits Peru for the next APEC conference in late 2024.

“This new infrastructure is not just a spectacular asset for Peruvian companies but also for those in Chile, Colombia, Brazil and other regional countries conducting business in Asia,” he said in London.

The company is promising a “smart port” that runs on automation and the latest digital technology, helping to reduce shipping times from South America to Asia by 10 days or more and removing stopovers in the U.S. and Mexico from the equation. 

The trans-Pacific journey currently takes at least 35 days and includes stops at ports such as Long Beach, California. Once the port opens, Ríos said, goods could travel from Chancay to Shanghai in as little as 20 days. 

Ríos defended the port project, saying local property values had soared up to threefold and that it was being constructed with environmentally friendly methods. 

He said he was proud it was being built. 

“Peru needs investment,” Ríos said, adding that the U.S. “is welcome to invest in Peru.”

-www.nbcnews.com, 15 November 2023

Arno's Commentary

Slogans like, “You can’t argue with success,” “Time is money,” “Merchandise is a must,” etc. represent the might behind China’s ever-increasing outreach to the world.

When the Suez Canal was built, the shipping time from southeast Asia to Europe was reduced from 24 days to 14. Peru’s deep-water harbor will reduce travel time from at least 35 days to 20 through the trans-Pacific. Many experts insist that the US’s reluctance to further internationalize has opened the door for China to implement the modern “Silk Road”—open business for the global world.

A Google search reveals: “Some English versions simply transliterate the word, others translate the Hebrew as Syene (Aswan), and still others associate Sin with China. Sinim resembles Sinae, the Latinization of Qin, after the Qin state, founded in 778 BC, and the Qin dynasty, founded in 221 BC by Qin Shi Huang-Di” (en.wikipedia.org).

What do we know about Christianity in China? “Christianity was introduced to China during the Tang dynasty in the seventh century, probably by Syriac missionaries of Nestorian Christianity who traveled the Silk Road. The religion did not gain a wide foothold until Jesuit missionaries arrived in the 16th century” (pewresearch.org).

Pew Research reveals that in 1949, 2.7% of China’s population were registered as Christians, and 6% in 2011. But this information is gathered from the Catholic Church, since they have a long history in China and are registered. 

Historically, we know that Franciscan priest John of Montecorvino traveled to Khanbaliq (today’s Beijing) in 1294, and in 1299, he built the first church there.

Unofficially, we know and are encouraged that uncounted millions of Chinese Christians are in the so-called underground church and are multiplying. 

It is of interest that the world’s largest Bible producer is communist China.

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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