Tuesday September 8, 2020
Chinese People’s Liberation Army personnel attending the opening ceremony of China’s military base in Djibouti. [AFP]
China is considering setting up military bases in four African countries, Kenya included.
According to a report by the US Department of Defence, Kenya, Angola, Tanzania and Seychelles were mentioned among a dozen other countries where the emerging superpower wants to set base.The document published last week was widely reported throughout the weekend, with some of the countries where the bases are to be set up denying being in such discussions with China.The report says the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is seeking to establish a more robust overseas logistics and basing infrastructure to allow the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to project and sustain military power at greater distances.“Beyond its current base in Djibouti, the PRC is very likely already considering and planning for additional overseas military logistics facilities to support naval, air, and ground forces,” the Pentagon said in its annual “China Military Power” report to Congress.Foreign policy objectivesIt says China has likely considered locations for military facilities in Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Seychelles, Tanzania, Angola and Tajikistan.It added that China and Cambodia had publicly denied having signed an agreement to provide the plan with access to Cambodia’s Ream Naval Base.