China competes with US over Kenya military base claim


China has denied reports that it is seeking to establish a military base in Kenya as part of a strategy to expand its reach to Africa.

China competes with US over Kenya military base claim


The Pentagon has accused Congress in its annual report on China's military that Beijing is monitoring military logistics bases in a dozen African countries, including Kenya and neighboring Tanzania.

The Chinese embassy in Nairobi on Monday rejected the Pentagon's report, calling it "propaganda."

"The information is completely incorrect," said Xueqing Huang, chief of the information and public affairs department at the Chinese embassy in Kenya.

"His (Pentagon's) latest report is tantamount to ignoring past facts and exacerbating prejudice."

Ms. Xueqing added: "A spokesman for the Chinese MFA [Ministry of Foreign Affairs] has urged them to stop issuing irresponsible reports year after year, and 'in line with the outdated Cold War mentality and zero. Give up the mentality.

The Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) did not react to the Pentagon report when it came under pressure, despite promising to do so after reviewing it.

A Pentagon report claims that China may have already begun talks with Nairobi to establish a military base in Kenya.

"The People's Republic of China has identified locations for PLA (People's Liberation Army) military supplies to Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Seychelles, Tanzania, Angola and Tajikistan. Understood Facilities, “the Pentagon said in its annual report released on Tuesday last year.

He said the PRC may have already moved beyond Namibia, Vanuatu, and the Solomon Islands. Leading areas of the PLA's plan are the Strait of Hormuz from China, Africa, and the Pacific Islands along the SLOC (Lines of Communication).


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