Recent reports have alleged that China has secured permission to build a port in the province that could become a naval base, with Chinese investments pouring into the area.
By Liam Doyle
14:38, Fri, Nov 4, 2022 | UPDATED: 15:20, Fri, Nov 4, 2022
China has lined up Argentina as its “gateway” to Antarctica, according to recent independent intelligence reports and local media. Recent reports have claimed that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) aims to extend its influence into South America by establishing a port at Tierra del Fuego that could become a naval base. They also allege that China’s military has already made the arrangements with Gustavo Melella, the provincial governor.
Intelligence Online claimed that Xi Jinping has pushed for the “construction and control” of a new naval base in the city of Ushuaia.
The site states that Beijing has successfully pressed on the area, changing local politicians’ minds after they assuaged the public in September.
The proposed enclave would be accessible only to Chinese military personnel and control a vital passage connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
Sources told the publication that Argentina-based Chinese Communist Party (CCP) official Shuiping Tu achieved a breakthrough with local officials.