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China, Russia reportedly considering new African naval bases

28 January 2020
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The Chinese and Russian militaries may build bases in Africa, according to US officials cited by the New York Times on 28 January.

China is considering building a new port in Senegal under the pretence of assisting the Senegalese Navy, the newspaper cited a US military official as saying, while Russian officials are looking at Berbera in the separatist region of Somaliland as a base location, Department of Defense officials said.

The report came out of ahead of a Senate Armed Service Committee hearing during which US Africa Command (AFRICOM) commander General Stephen Townsend is expected to be asked whether a proposed withdrawal of military resources from West Africa to better counter China and Russia is a good idea.

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