US urges Equatorial Guinea not to let China build military base

US intelligence warns that China intends to build a warship base on the ATLANTIC Ocean in Equatorial Guinea in threat to Eastern Seaboard

  • 我ら. intelligence officials believe that China is in talks with Equatorial Guinea to build a military port in the city of Bata
  • China currently has only one overseas military basein Djibouti, on the Eastern coast of Africawhich opened in 2017
  • The prospect of Beijing adding a second base, and one that faces the Atlantic and the United States, has deeply troubled Washington
  • Joe Biden sent deputy National Security Advisor, Jonathan Finer, to Equatorial Guinea in October to try and convince the president to turn China down
  • President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, 79, and his son and heir apparent Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, 53, are courting both the U.S. and China
  • China helps train and arm the country’s police, but Equatorial Guinea relies on U.S. technology to access its significant oil reserves
  • 中国 is attempting to woo Equatorial Guinea into allowing them to build a military base off their coast, 報告によると – a move which would give 北京 a foothold in the Atlantic, and deeply worry Washington.

    我ら. intelligence officials believe that 習近平, China’s president, is hoping to convince the president of the West African nation, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, to allow expansion of an existing port in the city of Bata, and conversion into a military base.

    Were China to convert the Bata port into a military base, it would enable Beijing to repair and rearm their warships and other naval equipment in the same waters in which the US Eastern Seaboard sits.

    ‘As part of our diplomacy to address maritime-security issues, we have made clear to Equatorial Guinea that certain potential steps involving [中国語] activity there would raise national-security concerns,’ a senior Biden administration official told ウォールストリートジャーナル 日曜日に.

    Officials have previously mooted a Chinese military base in Atlantic waters as a nightmare scenario for the United States, amid tensions between the two nations over Taiwan and the origins of COVID.

    China only has one overseas military base, in Djibouti, in East Africa, which it opened in 2017. That sits on the other side of the African continent, and looks out onto the waters of the Gulf of Aden.

    に 2009, China upgraded a commercial port in Equatorial Guinea, in the city of Batathe largest city on the mainland. The country’s capital, Malabo, is on an island an hour’s flight from the mainland.

    Jonathan Finer, the deputy National Security Advisor, is seen on October 19 meeting the vice president, and son of the president, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue

    Jonathan Finer, the deputy National Security Advisor, is seen on October 19 meeting the vice president, and son of the president, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue








    The president's son tweeted a photo thanking the U.S. for the gift he received after meeting Jonathan Finer

    The president’s son tweeted a photo thanking the U.S. for the gift he received after meeting Jonathan Finer

    In October Joe Biden’s deputy National Security Advisor, Jonathan Finer, was sent to Equatorial Guinea to speak to the president about the matter.

    The 79-year-old president, Africa’s longest-serving leader who has ruled the country for 42 年, sent his son and presumed heir to meet Finer.

    Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, the 53-year-old vice president and globe-trotting international face of the regime, posted a video to Instagram showing him meeting Finer on October 19, and thanking him for his visit.

    He then tweeted a photo of the silver tray that Finer gave him.

    A week later, he then tweeted photos of himself meeting a Chinese delegation, and thanking them for their support for his country.

    At the end of this month, a high-level delegation from Equatorial Guinea will travel to Senegal to attend the China-Africa forum, he confirmed.

    The meeting will likely be watched extremely closely in Washington.

    President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, 79 - Africa's longest-serving leader - is seen in September 2018 meeting Xi Jinping in Beijing. China is said to be keen to open a military base in Equatorial Guinea

    President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, 79 – Africa’s longest-serving leaderis seen in September 2018 meeting Xi Jinping in Beijing. China is said to be keen to open a military base in Equatorial Guinea

    4月中, General Stephen Townsend, commander of U.S. Africa Command, testified before the Senate that the ‘most significant threatfrom China would be ‘a militarily useful naval facility on the Atlantic coast of Africa’.

    彼が追加した: ‘By militarily useful I mean something more than a place that they can make port calls and get gas and groceries.

    ‘I’m talking about a port where they can rearm with munitions and repair naval vessels.

    2ヶ月後, 五月. Gen. Andrew Rohling, commander of the U.S. Army Southern European Task Force—Africa, said that the U.S. concern ‘is that the Chinese would develop a naval base in Equatorial Guinea, which would then give them naval presence on the Atlantic.

    The Biden administration is telling Equatorial Guinea that it would be unwise to get involved in U.S.-China tensions, according to The Wall Street Journal.

    They are emphasizing how the U.S. can be helpfulsending aid after an apparently accidental ammunition explosion destroyed an army base near Bata, 殺害 100, and stressing how much the country’s oil industry depends on U.S. 技術.

    アメリカ. is treading a fine line, しかしながら: the Obiangs are known for their luxury and excess, and for their flaunting of human rights.

    'Teddy Nguema', as the president's son Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue is known on Instagram, was accused by U.S. prosecutors of siphoning off more than $300 百万

    ‘Teddy Nguema’, as the president’s son Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue is known on Instagram, was accused by U.S. prosecutors of siphoning off more than $300 百万

    The 53-year-old assumed heir to the presidency frequently posts photos of himself in luxurious locations, such as this private jet

    The 53-year-old assumed heir to the presidency frequently posts photos of himself in luxurious locations, such as this private jet

    The president's son is seen meeting Pope Francis, in an image uploaded to his Instagram

    The president’s son is seen meeting Pope Francis, in an image uploaded to his Instagram

    Nguema Obiang revels in his jet-setting life and high powered acquaintances

    Nguema Obiang revels in his jet-setting life and high powered acquaintances

    に 2014 我ら. prosecutors forced Nguema Obiang to forfeit a Malibu mansion and Ferrari, among other goods

    に 2014 我ら. prosecutors forced Nguema Obiang to forfeit a Malibu mansion and Ferrari, among other goods

    我ら. government lawyers accused the president’s sonwhose Instagram account shows him meeting world leaders such as the Pope and Israel’s prime minister; playing polo, or posing on a private jetof amassing a fortune of more than $300 million ‘through corruption and money laundering’.

    The money entered his accounts while earning less than $100,000 a year as minister of agriculture and forestry.

    で 2014 settlement, he surrendered to the federal government proceeds from a Malibu mansion, a Ferrari and other assets.

    This fall, the Justice Department announced that it would steer $26.6 million of the surrendered assets back to Equatorial Guinea in the form of COVID-19 vaccines and other medical aid, bypassing the government.

    中国, その間, is known to ask fewer questions.

    President Obiang has ruled Equatorial Guinea since taking over in a coup in 1979

    President Obiang has ruled Equatorial Guinea since taking over in a coup in 1979

    Chinese state-owned companies have built 100 commercial ports around Africa in the past two decades, according to Chinese government data.

    American diplomats in Mauritania, along Africa’s northwest coast, have advised local authorities to turn down any effort by Beijing to use a Chinese-built port for military purposes, 米国によると. 正式.

    In a report to Congress this year, the Pentagon said China ‘has likely consideredAfrican bases in Kenya, Seychelles, Tanzania and Angola.

    ‘China doesn’t just build a military base like the U.S.,said Paul Nantulya, research associate at the Pentagon-funded Africa Center for Strategic Studies.

    He told the paper: ‘The Chinese model is very, very different.

    ‘It combines civilian as well as security elements.








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