China has been beefing up its military for years now and, along with that, they are also trying to become a respected global military force at the same time. The USA has been very concerned with China’s activity in the China Sea and their declaring of no fly and no shipping zones in areas that are vehemently disputed as to whether they have the right to do so. The biggest disputes have taken place between Japan and China over control of the Senkaku Islands and the area of the Spratly Islands known as Fiery Cross Reef, which the Philippines and several other nations also claim as being their own. While the USA has been busy monitoring the Chinese Island-building in the Spratly’s and responding to it, the Chinese have been making inroads elsewhere in the world too and truly are establishing a global economic and military presence – the latest of which is their newly-granted lease to build a base in Africa.
The Chinese have taken full advantage of expanding their military and testing America’s resolve as the United States has grown weary of fighting extended wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan. The US Military has also been distracted by the expansion of the terrorist group ISIS and by Russia’s bold moves in Ukraine as they annexed the Crimean Peninsula and backed a separatist revolution in the eastern part of the country. The American military has seen its resources become spread very thin as a result.
Now, China has decided to build a base in Africa – where the United States has very little economic or military clout. China is already making inroads, and money, with businesses there in the same areas where businesses from the United States have had very little success or shown virtually no interest in going. It is another place that the United States should be very concerned about China gaining both a strong economic and military presence in.
The news kind of quietly leaked out that China had signed a 10 year agreement with the tiny country of Djibouti, a former French Colony, to establish both a sea and land-based military presence there. Djibouti is located between Eritrea and Somalia and even more coincidently just across the Red Sea from Yemen and other Middle East hot spots. Currently, China only has the facilities to do small naval patrols out of the country, but that could all change once they finish building the airfield and military logistics facility they are planning there. China will then have the reach necessary to intervene in both African and Middle East affairs and they will also be in reach of Europe should a potential conflict arise.
Why is this a problem? Because with the way the Chinese government is set up, their business and military ventures are under the same control and share similar agendas, whereas, in the United States, government and business interests tend to be totally separate on most occasions. It will be interesting to see if the United States responds by trying to gain a stronger economic and military presence in Africa themselves.
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