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  • theresnobeachhere theresnobeachhere Oct 16, 2013 9:21 AM Flag

    US Declining Influence

    Excerpt covers China's growing clout in the Middle East. They are doing the same thing in Africa, South America and of course in the Far East. How are people, other then Blue and his ilk, not bothered by this? Our traditional allies are certainly questioning our resolve

    "LONDON (Reuters) - China's likely sale of sophisticated missiles to Turkey over the objections of its NATO allies might have angered Washington and other capitals, but it should not have been a surprise.

    Even as the U.S. has spent billions of dollars and lost hundreds of lives in Iraq and Afghanistan, Beijing has been quietly upping its presence in the Middle East.

    Militarily, the U.S. - which maintains a permanent aircraft carrier presence near the Gulf as well as dozens of other warships and major bases in Turkey, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates - is by far the dominant regional power.

    China has tended to follow Russia's lead on the Middle East, sometimes appearing sidelined on issues such as Syria.

    Beijing's economic, political and diplomatic clout, however, is growing fast. China's Ministry of Commerce said last month China-Arab nation trade now reaches $222 billion a year, 12 times its 2002 level. That would outstrip U.S.-Mideast trade, valued at $193 billion in 2011."

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