Military Capabilities

US must maintain presence to compete with China in Western Hemisphere, US Southern Command chief says

06 March 2018

The United States needs to nurture relationships and maintain its presence to compete with China and keep the growing Asian power from establishing a military base in the Western Hemisphere, Admiral Kurt Tidd, commander of US Southern Command, said during a 5 March Pentagon briefing.

Asked if he was concerned that China might establish a military base in in the hemisphere, Adm Tidd said, “It's something that is always worth paying attention to – watching closely. We have seen China make some very interesting moves geopolitically and establish bases in parts of the world that, previously, there was never any expectation that they might be there.”

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