China plans military base on Atlantic coast of Africa, US tries to thwart it, reports say, World News
If reports are to be believed, China may be looking for its first permanent military base on the Atlantic coast of Africa. In order to thwart this idea, the United States seems to have already started diplomatic efforts, according to reports.
Citing intelligence reports, US officials told the ‘Wall Street Journal’ that Beijing may be seeking the port city of Bata in Equatorial Guinea as a base.
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Bata already has a deep-water port, which was upgraded by China Road & Bridge Co between 2009 and 2014, according to a report.
In 2019, the United States first learned of the possibility of the base in the city, according to the report.
In an email, Defense Department spokesman Todd Breasseale told Fox News, “As part of American diplomacy to address maritime security issues, the administration has made it clear to Equatorial Guinea that some potential actions involving PRC activities there would raise national security concerns.”
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To dissuade President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and his son from agreeing to the deal, top US deputy national security adviser Jon Finer visited the country in October, according to the Journal.
In a statement at the time, the White House said the two men discussed “ways to enhance maritime security and end the COVID-19 pandemic.”
(With agency contributions)