Military Capabilities

China, Russia reportedly considering new African naval bases

28 January 2020

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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