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Why the Pentagon May Be Misreading China’s Plans For Military Expansion in Africa

Back in March, General Stephen Townsend, the commander of U.S. forces in Africa (AFRICOM), triggered widespread anxiety within the American national security community when he speculated that China is looking to build a military base on Africa’s Atlantic coast.

General Townsend didn’t provide any evidence to support the assertion when he mentioned it to the Associated Press and he hasn’t since.

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