The Wall Street Journal reports that China is trying to establish its first military base in the Atlantic Ocean, potentially allowing the communist regime to re-equip and re-equip warships facing the US East Coast. .
US deputy national security adviser Jon Finer has visited the tiny African country to convince the president, as well as his son and heir, to reject China’s advances.
“As part of our foreign policy to address maritime security issues, we have made it clear to Equatorial Guinea that certain potential steps involve [Chinese] a senior Biden administration official told the WSJ that would raise national security concerns.
The “most significant threat” China could pose is “a militarily useful naval facility on the Atlantic coast of Africa,” said General Stephen Townsend, commander of Africa Command. of the United States, testified before the Senate in April, the WSJ reported.
“I mean more useful militarily than a place where they can call and get gas and groceries. I’m talking about a port where they can arm and repair naval ships,” Townsend said.
An official told the WSJ that China is likely looking at the city of Bata, which has a Chinese-built deep-water commercial port on the bay and provides highways linking the city with Gabon and inland China. Fly.
Of China military aspirations for Equitorial Guinea began appearing on the radar of US intelligence agencies in 2019, the WSJ reported. A senior Pentagon official visited the country in the closing days of the Trump Administration, but the visit is said to have left the nation’s president and his family uncertain about the seriousness of America’s take on the threat.
The WSJ reports that the Biden administration has sought to foster better relations with Equatorial Guinea in the hope of curtailing China’s naval presence. In August, it asked for aid after an ammunition depot explosion appeared to accidentally destroy a military base and kill at least 100 people.
At the same time, a US Navy ship anchored off the port of Bata hosted local naval officials and personnel to observe the firefighter training.
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