Saturday, December 10, 2022

Where China Might Seek Overseas Military Bases and for What Purpose

 The RAND Corporation recently published a document titled "The People's Liberation Army's Search for Overseas Basing and Access" by Cristina L. Garafola, Timothy R. Heath, Christian Curriden, Meagan L. Smith, Derek Grossman, Nathan Chandler, and Stephen Watts.

The study looks at where China might seek to gain basing and access for PLA forces abroad and what types of operations it might carry out there.  The authors developed a framework to systematically assess valuable attributes from Beijing's perspective, focusing not only on the utility of potential host nations but also on China's ability to secure access.  They evaluated 108 countries across three regions, including Africa.