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Was Greenland “for sale” when the Chinese were shopping in 2017?

Was Greenland “for sale” when the Chinese were shopping in 2017?

While the American media mocks Trump for Greenland purchase remarks, it misses the strategic motivations behind the move.

Google Maps https://www.google.com/maps/place/Greenland/@66.171705,-80.5472135,3.09z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x4ea20dbbe3c07715:0x34cf9d830114e218!8m2!3d71.706936!4d-42.604303?hl=en&authuser=0

Professor Jacobson reported that President Donald Trump postponed a meeting with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen after her refusal to discuss selling Greenland.

In fact, Frederiksen called the idea “absurd”, and dismissed the notion that Greenland was for sale at all.

Right on cue, the American press began clutching its pearls and deriding Trump for his blunt assessment of the Danish leader’s diplomatic skills.

As an American and a patriot, there is something that bothers me far more than Trump’s biting directness. When the Greenland proposal first made news, our press immediately decided that the idea was absolutely “absurd”…which fed into the Dane’s worldview. More professional and sober journalists would have perhaps investigated possible motives for purchasing Greenland.

Therefore, it is only when I turned to foreign publications that I had my first clue for a potential reason behind the move. According to the South China Morning Post, Greenland had been seriously courted by China due to its strategic location and its mineral resources.

The accelerating polar ice melt has left sparsely populated Greenland, a self-governing part of Denmark, astride what are potentially major shipping routes and in the crosshairs of intensifying geopolitical competition between superpowers.

It also has untapped natural resources like oil, minerals and valuable rare earth elements that China, the United States and other major tech economies covet.

A Chinese government-backed group’s offer last year to build three new international airports on Greenland sparked alarms in Copenhagen and Washington.

The Chinese plan was finally nixed in exchange for Danish funding and a pledge of support from the Pentagon.

Why would this be a problem? To start with, a map of the island’s position shows that while it may be a glacier-covered morass teeming with seals, it is smack dab in the middle of flight paths between the US and our allies and interests in Europe. In fact, this summer, I traveled over this area on route to Iceland.

Google Maps https://www.google.com/maps/place/Greenland/@66.171705,-80.5472135,3.09z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x4ea20dbbe3c07715:0x34cf9d830114e218!8m2!3d71.706936!4d-42.604303?hl=en&authuser=0

A “stable genius” and his military commanders obviously recognized that a competitor who is failing to negotiate fair trade agreements and who has been expanding its military presence in Asia through island building wants to acquire real estate and airports next to American interests in North America. This is clearly a bad deal for our country.

Fox News analyst Tammy Bruce provides further background on the situation, and demonstrates why it sure looked like Greenland was for sale.

In 2017, Greenland’s prime minister flew to China and asked, as the Journal reported in February of this year, “Chinese state-run banks to finance the new commercial airports, including a big one for one of the smallest capitals on earth, Nuuk, which can now be served only by propeller planes. The bankers were interested, people at the meetings said, so long as a Chinese company constructed the airports.”

Reports indicate this action was triggered by Denmark refusing to help.

Then-Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis was not happy and convinced Danish officials to fund the infrastructure, sidelining China. This was an effort by China starting in 2018 and only ending when they officially withdrew in June of this year. For those who look past their shallow view of the United States and the administration, one would know it’s no coincidence that the president’s remarks on Greenland became public just two months after we successfully fought off China in their latest swing at the North American island.

As Tammy notes, the Danes are keeping Greenland as a giant nature preserve. This substantially limits the wealth-building options of its residents.

Finally, it is important to note that the Trump administration has been supportive of the mining industry, especially rare earths production (a market which China dominates). Our President has been focused on providing our nation options in regards to the tech-essential minerals, which can be found in the Kvanefjeld region that produces uranium ore.

Greenland Minerals said in its June quarter report that the latest work had confirmed Kavenefjeld as: “one of the most significant emerging rare earth projects globally with a large projected output of neodymium, praseodymium, dysprosium and terbium”.

The most important future use of the rare earths at Kavenfjeld is expected to be in electric motors as well as a large number of advanced and strategically sensitive technologies.

Can you imagine how a President Hillary Clinton would have dealt with the Chinese interest in Greenland?

One last thought. Denmark’s elites are not indicative of their people’s attitudes toward the US. In fact, we were in Copenhagen in 2015, and the many shops and restaurants were flying the American flag. They are better friends to our nation than the Trump Derangement infected press.

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Perhaps it is time for good people of Greenland to vote for #Dexit?

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That’s different because shut your misogyny hole you climate change-denying transphobic Islamophobic Russian hacking-supporting white supremacist.

4th armored div | August 22, 2019 at 5:46 pm

who protects the Danes ?

if China, Russia or some other entity lands and says “we are here –
try to push us out”. who will the Yogurt eaters expect to push out the invaders ?

for a long time the Europeans have expected the USA to have their backs – but when we need help – as in sanctioning the Iranians, they say ‘who, us ?’

time to be taken seriousely !!!

“Thankfully, the time where you buy and sell other countries and populations is over,”

Yet politicians are bought and sold on a daily basis.

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Denmark 2014

The Danish law currently states that humans can have sex with animals as long as the animal doesn’t suffer, which begs the question: how would one know if an animal enjoyed human sex?

“I propose a change in the law on protection of animals to state explicitly that sexual relations with animals are no longer permitted, Denmark’s agriculture minister, Dan Jorgensen, said in a statement.

Jorgenson is apparently more concerned that by not reigning in Denmark’s animal sex laws, the country could become the wild west of animal sex tourism.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Tiki. | August 22, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    So we we must assume that Greenland is Denmark’s Epstein Island?

    And that their first husband and female are their Bill and Hillary???????

People are still bought and sold everyday in this world
Open slavery in ME and Africa and how many millions sex trafficked all over the world?

Israel now has a town named after Trump.

Before all is said and done, Greenland will have a town named after Trump.

Like I wrote in the last post about buying Greenland, there are worse ideas. Plenty of strategic and commercial reasons for the U.S. to purchase. Just the floating of the idea has caused ‘area denial’ in terms of the Chinese. The Danes can’t very well sell out to China after this public declaration.

Plus the Danes are one of the recognized Arctic powers, so the next time the Russians decide to play games in the arctic sea we can rightfully expect the Danes to respond at least economically. Since, if I remember correctly, that Canada has about 4X the arctic assets that the U.S. has deployed asking or expecting too much from the Danes would be a little hypocritical.

With global warming Greenland will have palm trees and endless sand beaches. Trump knows real estate deals when he sees them.

If you study the map a little, you’ll notice that Greenland is the only thing standing between us and Iceland. Just sayin’…

    artichoke in reply to Pasadena Phil. | August 22, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    If we get Greenland, Europe will be saying Iceland is the only thing between them and the US (on Greenland). Canada will have nothing on us in the Arctic. We have the engineering knowledge and attitude to develop that place.

    Fun Fact: Iceland literally sits on both the Eurasian tectonic plate and the North American tectonic plate. Earlier this summer, I visited Thingvillir National Part, where the separation is occurring.

That map of Europe is way, way off. For starters, Ireland is to the west of England, not south of it. Good grief.

    stablesort in reply to BEdwards. | August 22, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    The map’s correct, it just the projection is unfamiliar. The light blue circle in the the upper left of the map is centered on the North Pole.

    Remembering that all directions from the north pole are South, draw an imaginary line from the center of the light blue circle South through England. Now look back North along the line you’ve just drawn and you’ll find Ireland to your left, which of course, is west when facing north.

Christopher B | August 22, 2019 at 8:46 pm

Re Danish support for Trump – the most MAGA guy in my FB neesfeed is a Dane I connected with via our interest in modeling railroads equipment.

Maybe a couple of million California Conservatives could pull a “Texas” and migrate to Greenland, get free of the loony lefties, outnumber the local population and vote to become a part of the US.

CaptYossarian | August 22, 2019 at 9:00 pm

Well, don’t knock Hillary right off the bat. She’d have had the presence of mind to ask for a commission to the Clinton Foundation before proceeding to consider Greenland….

Firewatch …. No

We already have Thule AFB in northern Greenland, and we used to have more military bases there (the natives are complaining that Denmark isn’t cleaning them up after we left). Probably Obama wanted China to own the place so he started closing our bases.

Anyway we’ve had military control for decades. Might as well formalize it.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | August 22, 2019 at 10:24 pm

OH MY GOODNESS!!!!

What is this right arm held straight out forward and up salute the Danish Hillary and her second husband are give????

I know what neighboring country’s salute it looks like!!!!

https://heavyeditorial.files.wordpress.com/2019/08/gettyimages-1152276471.jpg?quality=65&strip=all

DouglasJBender | August 22, 2019 at 10:53 pm

East Alaska.

Make Greenland green again!

They mocked William Seward too…

And we all know how that turned out!

I still say invade it and colonize it.

There is a precedent for selling Danish lands to the U.S.A. In 1917, after 50 years of negotiations, Denmark agreed to the sale of the islands of Saint Thomas, Saint John and Saint Croix (then known as the Danish West Indies or Danish Antilles) to the United States.
The United States government paid $25 million in gold coins for the territories which today are officially called the Virgin Islands of the United States. On March 31, 1917, Denmark formally transferred governance over the islands to the U.S.

“…a glacier-covered morass deeming with seals…”
I do hope that’s ‘teeming’

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | August 23, 2019 at 1:55 pm

List of women Trump has used the word “nasty” to describe:

-Hillary Clinton
-Nancy Pelosi
-Meghan Markle
-Kamala Harris
-San Juan mayor
-Danish prime minister

That’s not good company to be in………

I would assume that a sale was in the works, and had been generally agreed to, or Trump wouldn’t have brought it up in public. Following this line, it’s probable that Trump intended to go to Denmark and finalize it in person — but the Danish government killed the sale for political reasons, and didn’t tell Trump.

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