Commander US Africa Command, General Stephen Townsend said that Beijing is looking to establish a large navy port capable of hosting submarines or aircraft carriers on Africa’s western coast. According to American General, China has approached countries stretching from Mauritania to south of Namibia, intent on establishing a naval facility. While forecasting future scenario General Townsend said that prospect would enable China to base warships in its expanding Navy in the Atlantic as well as Pacific oceans. China would likely be searching for a place that can be used for logistics, staying and maintenance purposes for its future Naval engagement in Pacific as well as Atlantic seas. While commenting on Chinese presence in Djibouti, Townsend said that it would take long time to China to establish its full military facility in the port of Djibouti.
In fact, the battle for the world sole power had begun some two decades ago, when China started expanding its influence in the word through economic engagements, financial investments and joining the race in the Space warfare. China had been silently pushing for gaining significant stakes in international financial system through huge investment in international stock exchanges, purchase of dollars and gold from international markets. However, its ambitious Road and Belt Initiatives (BRI) has rung the bells in the Western Capitals. The American Scholars and Intelligence Community started assessment of the Chinese threat and built counter narrative to growing Chinese assertiveness.
But Presently, military confrontation seems to be unavoidable because United States and its allies had camped in the South and East China Seas, the backyard of the Chinese state. United States is directly intervening into Chinese sensitive internal areas such as Xinjiang, Hongkong and Taiwan on ploy of human and democracy rights. But, as General Townsend said US-China battlefield is not limited to the Chinese backyard, however it is likely to expand to Africa and other regions. United States perceives Chinese military presence in Pacific and Atlantic oceans as threat to its security. However, US-China rivalry is likely to inflame by additional US military positioning around the globe after completion of its global military posture review in mid-summer this year.