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What U.S. Policymakers Should Know About Chinese Basing Ambitions in Africa

File image of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy base in Djibouti. STR / AFP

U.S. military commanders regularly raise concerns about a possible second Chinese military base in Sub-Saharan Africa. However, despite rumors about possible footholds in countries like Equatorial Guinea, China’s strategic interest in Africa is relatively low, especially when compared with regions like Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

So writes Dawn C. Murphy, an assistant professor of national security strategy at the National War College in Washington, DC. Her policy brief maps Chinese and Russian military engagement in the region.

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