$100,000 per ship plus a strategic advantage. I think it will be both profitable and a free military strategic option, so even if it didn't profit, it could be considered a good investment for China. Also, they have probably agreed to pay for this with USDollars of which they have trillions to try to turn into something useful. I'm not of the opinion that having trillions of USDollars sitting around is a good thing. Bush dropped the value of the dollar from 120 to 80 and maybe it will drop more meaning that a vault full of USDollars would be losing money. The Chinese are not stupid.
I love the NSA. It's like having a secret fan-base you will never see, but they're there, watching everything you write and it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside knowing that I may be some person's only form of unconstitutional entertainment one night.
Some one is reaching if they think this has anything to do with Reagan and Bush. What did you think they'd hire an American unionized company working under OSHA and the EPA? The Chicoms can do this in 11-12 years, bury the 6,000 dead workers without a lawsuit, and kill all the critters, bushes and trees they want. American lawyers would have made this impossible in 25 years at triple the cost. Don't believe me look at the bay bridge in SF where union workers make $275 AN HOUR.
"What difference" "does it make?"
I don't blame Daniel Ortega - he is just another mindless thug raised on a steady diet of the bottled-in-Moscow Kool-Aid (many-many people dig big hole - good), but what about those supposedly oh-so-professional party-bureaucracy Mandarins? Do they really hope to see any return on their investment here?
Looks like a scam - or, rather, like an element of some complicated internal Chinese intrigue we cannot begin to understand.
Of course they haven't started blasting away mountains yet, but once they are done scouting it out I beleive they'll make that decision.