[Ed. – As the article indicates, the port is to be a beachhead for a transport network into Ethiopia and South Sudan, which will give China a ready method of flanking the Red Sea chokepoints by land with military force. With infrastructure projects suitable for military use in Kenya, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, a naval base in Djibouti, and Indian Ocean access through junta-ruled Myanmar/Burma, China is constructing a pincer around Asia’s southern flank. As little as 10 years ago I ran into doubters about China’s intentions with moves like this. The moves are coming faster now. It’s not about conventional warfare, for the most part, but it is about geostrategic maneuver and leverage with the latent threat of force. As the career of China’s port in Djibouti shows, the military force will figure into it.]
The first ships docked at Kenya’s deep water Lamu Port on Thursday as the country looks to open a new transport corridor linking its vast northern region and neighbouring nations to the sea.
Kenyan officials hope that the Indian Ocean port, the country’s second deep water facility, will attract cargo destined for neighbouring landlocked nations Ethiopia and South Sudan, and offer transhipment services where large vessels bring in cargo for onward distribution by smaller ships.
The Lamu Port, which is being built by China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) (601800.SS), will cost $3 billion to complete over several years.