Erik Prince, the former US Navy seal who founded Blackwater, has been on an improbable mission to laud his back for the set of achievements that he seeks can change the world. Initiating his world of innovation, Prince was the one who supplied mercenaries to Washington during wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
But that was just the beginning of his innovative ideas to change the outlook of the world. Even though Blackwater’s operations were shunned over civilian killing, Prince had just barely started.
From China to the UAE & Venezuela
In 2014, he became the deputy chairman and the minority shareholder of Frontier Services Group (FSG), a Hong Kong-listed security, logistics and insurance company based in Yunnan. The company that seeks to spend approximately $15.4 million in Pakistan, Xinjiang and China by May 2020.
FSG has, to date, built a wealth of contractors both inside China and for Chinese operating overseas; particularly in Africa. The idea of expansion that not only highlights how Prince intends on leaving his footprints but also how he is working for the regional powers.
Several media outlets reported earlier last year that FSG aimed at building training centres in Xinjiang. The company reportedly planned to invest 6 million dollars, which would have had the capacity to train 8,000 people.
The company later signed its deal with Kashgar Caohu Industrial Park in Southern Xinjiang. Both, the amount and the capacity were confirmed by the group.
As per the company’s filing, FSG lends its services to companies in link with China’s Belt & Road Initiative (BRI).
A $1 trillion global development strategy that looks to extend its political and economic influence across Asia, into Africa and Europe, where Xinjiang is an important part of the project
Meanwhile, the case stands to surprise when noticed that Trump administration has levied sanctions on Xinjiang, citing human rights violations, but Prince’s influence hasn’t suffered one bit.
In fact, Erik Prince has always maintained a wide tangent of connections, which has helped him to continue on his way forward easily.
In his early days, while his sister and the US Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos was helpful to Blackwater in securing the $2 billion in contracts, he is now closely connected to China’s state-owned conglomerate CITIC Group, which owns 20% of the company. Although Erik Prince has denied going against his nation’s foreign policy goals, CITIC is one of the biggest investors in BRI.
On the other hand, looking at Yunnan, what China also earns with its ties to FSG is the access to the Indian Ocean, pretty much the backdoor that it requires for goods leaving and entering the nation’s west.
Linking one strategic port to another, Erik Prince has become a trailblazer in setting out the routes that companies and pre-dominantly governments seek to run their programmes from the wild.
However, Erik Prince has not only made use of his FSG’s position and contracts, but also his relationships with the de-facto ruler of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed (MbZ) since 2009. The luxurious benefit that awarded him to set eyes on his rise with Donald Trump in 2017.
Setting up the meeting in Seychelles in January 2017, MbZ knew how getting rid of Obama and the introduction of Donald Trump to White House would better serve his purposes.
In the meetup, which included Mbz, Kirill Dmitriev CEO of an $8 billion Russian sovereign wealth fund, and Erik Prince, UAE knew Russia was counting on them, while the US after Trump’s public’s infatuation with Vladimir Putin was eager to improve relationships.
Therefore, UAE used the chance to become the playmaker and reduce Iran’s position in the Middle East, beginning with the war in Syria.
The Gulf Monarchy indeed won and as did Trump, but with the president’s rise, Erik Prince further rose to an invincible succession, which has now marked his footsteps in Venezuela.
As reported, when Erik Prince travelled to Caracas in November for secret talks with Venezuela’s vice president, he was not the central figure to communication. In fact, a controversial British deal-maker Ian Hanman, a former JPMorgan banker was the boss man.
Hannman was the person who arranged the trip for his yearlong effort to earn the possible gold investments in the region. However, Prince’s interest in gold mining has once again raised allegations over possible violation of the US law.
The plan for November bid was actually set out to see if Prince could grant help with security in the gold mining regions of Venezuela where Hanman controls his business.
Yet the turn of events has linked the dangerous trotter to set his footsteps in the region and once again shrewdly make money.
Erik Prince today, is a dangerous proposition that lurks with his witty mind, acts with his cunning intelligence and sees the world as one business place offering billions and billions, just to satisfy his ill-deeds.