The People’s Communist Republic of China is considering setting up military bases in four African countries.
According to a report by the US Department of Defense, Kenya, Seychelles, Tanzania, and Angola were mentioned among a dozen other countries where China is considering setting up bases.
The four African countries mentioned are yet to respond to the report.
The report that was published last week was widely reported over the weekend, with some of the countries where the bases are to be set up denying being in discussions with China.
China already has a military base in Djibouti. It is the PLAN’s first overseas military base and was built at a cost of US$590 million.
The report also added that China and Cambodia have publicly denied having signed an agreement to provide the plan with access to Cambodia’s Ream Naval Base.
It states that apart from the four African countries already mentioned, China has likely considered locations for military logistics facilities in Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, and Tajikistan.
Part of the report reads:
The PRC is seeking to establish a more robust overseas logistics and basing infrastructure to allow the PLA to project and sustain military power at greater distances.
Beyond its current base in Djibouti, the PRC is very likely already considering and planning for additional overseas military logistics facilities to support naval, air, and ground forces. The PRC has likely considered locations for PLA military logistics facilities in Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Seychelles, Tanzania,
Angola, and Tajikistan. The PRC and Cambodia have publicly denied having signed an agreement to provide the PLAN with access to Cambodia’s Ream Naval Base.
A global PLA military logistics network could interfere with U.S. military operations and provide flexibility to support offensive operations against the United States.