Originally Posted by belizesailor
Interesting. The author seems to be a conspirach theory type, but looks like the relationship is actually there. I assume they are required to use Panamanian staff because that's all you see and hear on the VHF
And, even if some operational aspects are subbed out, Panama still has sovereign control of the canal (unlike during the USA era).
The USA also of course subs out some port operations. Remember the big flap just post 9-11 when a major port (forget which) was going to be subbed to an Arab country (Dubai maybe?)?
Subbing out management is a lot different that turning over ownership
However, in a autocratic state like China
, I suspect the relationship between gov and biz is a close one. And, China/Taiwan are making major political in roads in Central American in general. I see lots of Taiwan
funded projects all over CA. I don't see another canal as a threat to the USA but China expanding its sphere of influence could certainly be cause for concern.
The Monroe Doctrine was intended to keep European powers from usurping control in Central/South America (so of course that the USA could usurp it instead). Those were simpler times when imperial forces actually occupied their target countries (as we did the Canal Zone). Financial/Cyber imperialism is a much more complex beast.