Is China Eyeing a Second Military Base in Africa?

Alex Vines, Henry Tugendhat, Armida van Rij

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For over three decades, every Chinese foreign minister’s first overseas trip of the year has been to Africa. This year continued the tradition with China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, visiting Egypt, Tunisia, Togo and Côte d'Ivoire. Notably, every one of these countries is coastal. And yet, at a time of continued speculation over China’s next military installation in Africa, none of these countries has featured prominently as potential locations in previous analyses. We might, therefore, reasonably ask what China’s current considerations are around basing in Africa. Faced with an increasingly multipolar and assertive Africa at a time of domestic economic challenge, however, China’s long-term strategy remains unclear.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUnited States Institute of Peace
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jan 2024


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