Note to readers. This material has been separated out from its original source, the article titled “Halifax International Security Forum: US officially integrates Harper war government into Asia pivot strategy,” and made into a distinct article. Additional infographics and information have been added to illustrate the geopolitical significance of Canadian ports, shipping and sealanes from Asia. See also the companion article “Sea lanes: Nicaragua’s plan for an inter-oceanic canal,” in which China is heavily involved, that I have posted on this bog. – TS.
DIFFERENT analysts have underlined various economic factors behind the U.S. offensive in Asia with its Asia Pivot military strategy, of which Canada is an integral part, as China has now become the major trading partner of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The big banks and oil-energy and mining monopolies in Canada have their own self-serving interests to expropriate the resources of foreign workers and lands.
The ports of Halifax, Saint John and Maritimes Canada, though bordering the Atlantic Ocean, are not remote from the aggressive offensive of these vested interests in the Pacific and Indian oceans.
It is no accident that the major military-naval port of Halifax was chosen as the venue for the announcement of the new secret military agreement for the Pacific, in the same way it was chosen by the U.S. in 2009 as the venue for the Halifax War Conference.
In its maritime dimension, the Asia Pivot is not just about the Pacific oceanic region; it is a two ocean strategy including the Indian Ocean. The U.S. Navy has been a “two ocean” navy officially since 1940, when the U.S. Congress passed the Two-Ocean Navy Act – in effect creating one navy for the Atlantic and a second for the Pacific. But the second ocean is also now the Indian Ocean. It’s more accurate to say the naval forces of the U.S. empire are pivoting from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean.
The Irving empire, one of the official corporate sponsors of the US-NATO conference (along with General Dynamics), together with other monopolies and vested interests, are championing a new trade and sea-route called the Atlantic Gateway to capture an increasing share of Asian trade with North America.
This geo-strategic route links Mumbai and ports in the Indian Ocean basin, Persian Gulf, the Suez Canal, the ports of Halifax, Saint John and some smaller ports, and overland by inter-modal transport through Moncton and Maine to the New England states and the heartland of the U.S. empire. To this end, the Halifax Port Authority opened a promotional office in Mumbai, India, several years ago. Geoffrey Machum, Chair, Board of Directors, Halifax Port Authority, was a delegate at the HISF (as in previous years), together with Wendy Zatylny, President Association of Canadian Port Authorities.
In parallel, secret arrangements have been made with the New England Governors as part of integrating the Canadian Maritimes and the New England provinces in the scheme called Atlantica.
It is also no accident that from Oct. 26 to Nov. 5 the Canadian Armed Forces participated in an annual U.S.-Canada military exercise termed Exercise Frontier Sentinel 2013. The major focus was on harbours and ports in various locations throughout the Maritime provinces, notably Halifax, Pictou, and Port Hawkesbury, N.S., P.E.I., and along parts of the U.S. eastern seaboard.
The major exercise – little publicized, yet one more in the series of the “baby steps” – involved all three elements of the Canadian Armed Forces – the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army and Royal Canadian Air Force – in addition to the naval forces of the United States, the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and several other government agencies such as Homeland Security. Frontier Sentinel was carried out under North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command.
The exercises are staged to “improve mutual security” of these harbours. Talk about infiltration from abroad is to cover up the seditious nature of the Harper government’s actions – the placement of foreign troops in Canadian territory, and the aim: military domination.
Map of Sea Routes from Atlantic and Pacific Gateways
Maps of the sea routes being contended for by the Atlantic Gateway reveal the extent of the global ambitions of the Irving empire and the political and economic elite. The Atlantic Gateway and Corridor Strategy was officially announced in March 2011 by the Harper government as a “public-private partnership” with the Atlantic provinces and the big monopolies. “The aim of this strategy is to provide a quick, reliable, and secure transportation network between North American markets and markets in Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Asia via the Suez Canal.” Infrastructure Minister Lebel, speaking to the Association of Canadian Port Authorities in August 2011 was more specific as to the target: “Our ports play a vital role in shipping our resources across the world, to traditional trading partners and new ones, such as those in the Asia Pacific.” (“Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel touts advantages of investment in ports,” Commercial News, August 18, 2011)
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A Government of Canada map of the the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor illustrates the central role of the British Columbia ports and related infratsructure development extending into the Prairie provinces to facilitate the export ambitions of the oil, energy and forestry monopolies. Announced in 2006, it has involved 47 federal projects valued at over $3.5 billion in a “public-private partnerships” with the four western provinces and the big monopolies. (Ibid.)