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Asia, Not Africa Most Likely Region For China to Set Up New Overseas Military Base, Says Rand Report

Assessed desirability and feasibility of potential PLA basing and access locations. Source: Reproduced from Garafola et al., 2022. Countries are listed in alphabetical order based on their location within the respective U.S. combatant commands’ areas of responsibility.

Four countries in Asia have been identified by researchers in the United States as the most likely places where China will set up a new military outpost.

The findings by a trio of scholars at the U.S. government-supported national security think tank, the RAND Corporation, challenge the Pentagon-fueled narrative that a country in Africa is poised to house the PLA’s second overseas base after Djibouti.

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