March 28, 2008

Deep Thought

The mouth of the Yangtze (Changjiang) river will be dredged to increase its depth to 12 and a half meters, that's about 41 feet deep and increase the shipping channel's span to 350-400 meters or no more than 1,312 feet. This narrow channel will allow the biggest bulk and container vessels.

What this tells us is just how vulnerable China really is. One channel barely the length of an American aircraft carrier must funnel all the ship traffic from the East China Sea and beyond to Shanghai up the Yangtze to Wuhan - the heart of industrial China.

And yet the Pentagon expects us to view China as a threat.

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