Magnus Johnson

Lecturer in Environmental Marine Science, University of Hull

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Given the shift in the global power map to the Pacific rim, should Chagos/Diego Garcia be shared with China?

The controversial military air/sea base on Chagos in the Indian Ocean is populated by the US military. The indigenous population were evicted by the UK to make way for this in the early 70s. Given the global shift in financial power and military focus (e.g. Obama's recent statement) to this region, should this military base become an international one to allow the US and China to better share the role of international peacekeeper/policeman? Would this mean that the Chagossians could be allowed to return?

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    Jan 21 2012: That's up to the Brits. Maybe Cameron will rent it to the highest bidder. But I don't think that will include the original inhabitants.