China to use Taiwan as base to isolate India, Japan: US lawmaker

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By: PTI | Washington |
Published: May 18, 2018 11:15:41 am


China’s massive Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) seeks to build rail, maritime and road links from Asia to Europe and Africa in a revival of ancient Silk Road trading routes. (Representational purpose)

China will turn Taiwan into a major nuclear and conventional military base, a move which will allow it to project power into the Indian Ocean and consolidate more control over the disputed South China Sea to “isolate” both India and Japan, a US lawmaker has warned.

Expressing concern over China’s growing economic and military power, Richard D Fisher of the International Assessment and Strategy Center told lawmakers Thursday that Beijing had a new strategy for gaining eventual global military access called “debt trap diplomacy”.

“China may be using debt pressure right now to force…

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