China’s Military Ambitions Likely Extend Beyond Asia, Pentagon Says, by Gordon Lubold.
Last year, Beijing began building a military base in the East African nation of Djibouti, which is also host to a U.S. base, Camp Lemonnier.
“China likely will seek to establish additional military bases in countries with which it has longstanding, friendly relationships,” the report said. The Chinese military’s “evolving focus”, the report said, reflects its “expanding interest in a wider operational reach,” according to the report.
Pentagon officials didn’t specify where they expect to see China’s growing military appear next, but Beijing has substantial trade relationships in South Asia, Central Asia and Africa.