Kenya for military base, US claims – Goobjoog News English"/>
Over the last several years, Kenya has been viewed by the western world as a strategic entry point to the rest of Africa.
In its annual report to Congress on China’s military, the US Department of Defense alleged that China was eyeing military logistics bases in Kenya and a few other African countries in a bid to extend its power to Africa.
The US warned that China wants to boost its military and economic influence over Kenya and other countries in Africa as it pressured Kenya to resist the push for a stronger military and economic ties with China.
However, the Chinese Embassy on Friday termed the report propaganda and “urged them to stop issuing irresponsible reports year after year, and abandon the outdated cold-war mentality and zero-sum game mindset”.
According to the US military, the Asian giant is allegedly expanding its nuclear forces and bases to limit America’s options in case of conflict.
Kenya, a critical US ally in the East Africa region, is home to a US military base in Manda Bay, Lamu, and a UK military base in Nanyuki.
The US believes China and Kenya are already in talks regarding the setting up of the base but Kenya is yet to comment on the matter.
With the heavy funding the country has been receiving from China for its huge infrastructural projects, a Chinese military base in Kenya could signal an upgrade of Nairobi and Beijing relations beyond economic dealings.
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