Now that the deterrence of the Trump Administration is gone, China is on the move in a big way. China has no fear or respect for the Biden Administration. In particular, Secretary of State Antony Blinken has been a total disaster. Blinken has been completely overmatched and dominated by the CCP officials. As such, we can expect these kind of provocations from China to continue under the Biden Administration. The Republican Party must make the threat of China a major issue for the 2022 mid-term elections.
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China planning major Atlantic military base to approach US with warships and submarines
By American Military News, May 7, 2021
The top general over U.S. troops in Africa warned that China plans to establish a new military base on Africa’s western coast capable of hosting submarines and aircraft carriers. The move would expand China’s access to the Atlantic Ocean and provide a base to rearm its naval forces in a potential conflict with the U.S.
In an interview with the Associated Press published Thursday, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) commanding Gen. Stephen Townsend said China has already approached countries along nearly the entire west African coastline, as far north as Mauritania and as far south as Namibia, to pitch the major naval base idea.
“They’re looking for a place where they can rearm and repair warships. That becomes militarily useful in conflict,” Townsend told the Associated Press.
A Chinese military base on the west African coastline could put Chinese forces closer to east coast U.S. than any Chinese bases in the Pacific are to west coast U.S.
Townsend noted China has already taken efforts to establish a seaport on Africa’s eastern coastline, strengthening their access to the Indian ocean.
“They’re a long way toward establishing that in Djibouti,” Townsend said, referring to the nation that rests on the east African coastline, at the mouth of the Red Sea. “Now they’re casting their gaze to the Atlantic coast and wanting to get such a base there.”
China established its sea base in Djibouti years ago and has been steadily expanding it. Townsend said China’s east African base already hosts around 2,000 military personnel, including Chinese marines, tasked with defending the base.
“They have arms and munitions for sure,” Townsend said of the Djibouti base. “They have armored combat vehicles. We think they will soon be basing helicopters there to potentially include attack helicopters.”
Townsend said China is “outmanuevering” the U.S. in key countries throughout Africa.
“Port projects, economic endeavors, infrastructure and their agreements and contracts will lead to greater access in the future,” Townsend said. “They are hedging their bets and making big bets on Africa.”
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