Thursday, December 8, 2022

China's Global Basing Ambitions

 The RAND Corporation has just published a research report titled "China's Global Basing Ambitions: Defense Implications for the United States" by Cristina L. Garafola, Stephen Watts, and Kristin J. Leuschner.  

RAND looked at global basing prospects for China and organized the prospects by high to low desirability and high to low feasibility.  It included no African locations in the high desirability category.  It put Djibouti and Equatorial Guinea in the medium desirability, high feasibility category; Angola, Kenya, Morocco, and Tanzania in the medium desirability, medium feasibility category; and South Africa in the medium desirability, low feasibility category.  It placed Egypt, Libya, Republic of Congo, and Sudan in the low desirability, high feasibility category; Algeria, Cameroon, Guinea, Mauritania, Mozambique, and Nigeria in the low desirability, medium feasibility category; and Cote d'Ivoire, Gambia, Liberia, Madagascar, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo in the low desirability, low feasibility category.  

All of these countries have a coastline.  Seychelles would appear to be a significant omission from this list.