President Trump nixes Obama deal for China to control Port of Long Beach

The Port of Long Beach, California is the second-busiest port in the United States and one of the world’s busiest seaports, a leading gateway for trade between the United States and Asia. It supports more than 2.6 million jobs nationally and generates billions of dollars in economic activity each year.

Founded in 1911, each year, the Port handles:

  • More than 7.5 million 20-foot container units (TEUs)
  • Cargo valued at $194 billion
  • 82.3 million metric tons of cargo
  • 2,000 vessel calls

The Port’s loaded containers account for:

  • 1/3 moving through all California ports
  • 1/4 moving through all West Coast ports
  • nearly 1 in 5 moving through all U.S. ports

Given its importance, for a foreign country to control the Port of Long Beach would be worrisome, not to mention a foreign country has no business controlling any port in the United States. Even worse, however, if the foreign country is one not friendly to the United States and whose politcal-economic system is hostile to democracy.

But that’s precisely what the Obama administration did.

In 2012, the Obama administration signed an agreement — a 40-year container terminal lease — giving OOCL (Orient Overseas Container Line), a Hong Kong container transportation and logistics company, control of the Port of Long Beach, America’s second-largest container port behind the nearby Port of Los Angeles.

Note: Hong Kong is a part of China, ostensibly a “special administration region” with alleged autonomy from the Chinese government in Beijing.

According to Printus LeBlanc of the Daily Torch, OOCL has been a good steward of the port with no controversy associated with the company.

In July 2017, however, OOCL was purchased by COSCO (China Ocean Shipping Company), a Chinese government-owned conglomerate. Headquarted in Beijing, COSCO is the largest dry bulk carrier in China and one of the largest dry bulk shipping operators worldwide.

LeBlanc points out why COSCO’s control of the Port of Long Beach is a matter of great concern:

This is the same Chinese government responsible for dozens of hacks and spying operations, targeting the U.S. defense industry. The communist government has been assaulting the defense industry, stealing hundreds of billions of dollars in trade secrets. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has been able to make staggering technological advancements because of the theft. The F-35, V-22, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, and Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System are just a few of the systems compromised by Chinese espionage efforts. After the unprecedented level of spying, why would the U.S. invite the perpetrator onto U.S. soil?

The attempted Chinese purchase of the port operations fits a pattern for the Chinese government. The Communist regime has undertaken an ambitious global project known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The initiative is a series of Chinese controlled ports, railways, and highway projects connecting 65 percent of the global population and 40 percent of global GDP.

China is using the BRI to influence policies of the nations the belt passes throughas it did with Greece last Summer. Greece refused to back the European Union’s attempt to criticize China’s human rights record, marking the first time the union failed to make its statement at the U.N.

The addition of the Long Beach Port implies the Chinese government may want to extend the belt to the Western Hemisphere. Perhaps we shouldn’t make it so easy for them.

Happily, President Trump squashed the Obama administration’s deal.

Judicial Watch reports:

Under a long-term deal sealed by the Obama administration, a Chinese Communist company was set to control the second-busiest container port in the United States. In an unreported Trump administration victory, the Communists are out after a drawn-out national security review forced a unit of China-based COSCO Shipping Holdings Co. (Orient Overseas Container Line—OOCL) to sell the cherished container terminal business, which handles among the largest freight of imports into the U.S.

One of the Trump administration’s first big moves was to get the Communists out of the Port of Long Beach. After a national security review and federal intervention, the Long Beach terminal business, which handles millions of containers annually, is finally being sold to an Australian company called Macquarie Infrastructure Partners. That essentially kills China’s decades-long contract with the Obama administration.

The deal never should have been signed in the first place considering the facility’s size, significance and the national security issues associated with a hostile foreign government controlling it….

Removing Chinese Communists from this essential port is a tremendous feat and a huge victory for U.S. national security. You’d never know it because the media, consumed with the impeachment debacle, has ignored this important achievement. The only coverage of the finalized transfer is found in Long Beach’s local newspaper, which published a brief article omitting important background information on the Trump administration’s work to take back the terminal from the Communists….

In the last few years China has bought cargo ports throughout the world, including in Latin America, the Indian Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. Chinese-owned ports are located in Greece, Italy, Spain and other European locations. In sub-Saharan Africa there are dozens of existing or planned port projects funded or operated by China, according to a study that highlights the threat the Chinese investments present to U.S. influence in the region. One troubling analysis points out that “COSCO’s commercial expansion has created leverage for Beijing — leverage that has already resulted in countries that host COSCO ports adopting China’s position on key international issues.

Thank you, President Trump!

H/t John Molloy

~Eowyn

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TrailDust
Admin
4 months ago

Wow!!! More answered prayers!!!
Whatever you think about this President, he is doing everything he can to rescue America from communist control.

Lou Minati
Lou Minati
4 months ago

I submit the following two Q posts for your perusal. If true, the whole Port of Long Beach thing was set up as a HRC/BHO money laundering and child trafficking scheme. Note the Adam Schiff reference in the second post. He’s certainly scrambling now to keep his Standard Hotel shenanigans from being exposed: Q !CbboFOtcZs ID: 205f78 No.1694734 Jun 10 2018 23:16:25 (EST) Track ALL suicides. Example 1: Think Spade. Trace to Children Foundation(s) (NY). Trace to Import/Export. Trace from China/MX to Long Beach. Trace sale/spin off of Co. Trace to CF. Trace to Port (Security Clearance Profile (L5)). Who… Read more »

She, Her, Mrs
She, Her, Mrs
4 months ago

Trump should burn EVERYTHING down that traitor Obama did

William
William
4 months ago
Reply to  She, Her, Mrs

Everything. And sow the ground with salt

William
William
4 months ago

Thank you DJT for protecting our country. With each Hussein initiative that he rolls back we get a clearer picture of the damage done by that traitorous POS. As always, crickets from the equally traitorous MSM

DCG
Admin
DCG
4 months ago

Why wasn’t it written into the OOCL lease that if their company was purchased by anything to do with China the agreement would be terminated? That is rhetorical, of course…

This is excellent news.

William
William
4 months ago

Our country is still crawling with Chinese spies. A commenter here, I forget who, said that what the leftists really want to actualize here is a kind of LGBTQ version of China. The stuff of nightmares. Sanders in particular lived in China and sings its praises, he thinks China is just ducky. And the espionage mentioned here was of course facilitated and abetted by the treasonous Clintons. The Chinese have a serious axe to grind with Anglo culture and civilization and they have long memories and they are patient. We must be ever vigilant

Goldbug
Goldbug
4 months ago

Controlling the Panama Canal wasn’t enough for China .. they want to control the U.S. Thank you, POTUS, for the undoing of this deal that never should have happened.

BeKwik
BeKwik
4 months ago

“Therefore will I surely bless thee, and will greatly multiply thy seed, as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore, and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies.
Genesis 22:17

Joseph Magil
Joseph Magil
4 months ago

I’m still old enough to remember when countries controlled their own ports. Bring back the good old days, I say.

Splitfinger
Splitfinger
4 months ago

Yes lets thank DJT!!!

John Campbell
John Campbell
4 months ago

Thank you Donald. China is going around the world buying up as much as possible through construction projects. Just look how much money they are putting into Africa. In a way they are buying more votes in the UN. No one is paying attention. Our POTUS has it right.

Mitchell Hyde
Mitchell Hyde
4 months ago

I am going to say that this story might blossom into the exposure of a HUMAN TRAFFICKING RING, using that port. Also believe that some California congresspeople and Senators are going to be involved as well……..