Friday 15 December 2017

US spends billions on Pacific Ocean 'super base' to keep China at bay

Praveen Swami

The US is building a multi-billion dollar "super base" on the Pacific island of Guam to try to contain China's military build-up.

The base will include a dock for a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, a missile defence system, live-fire training sites and the expansion of the island's air base.

It will be the largest investment in a military base in the western Pacific since World War Two, and the biggest outlay on naval infrastructure in decades.

China has significantly expanded its fleet during the past decade, seeking to deter the US from intervening militarily in any future conflict over Taiwan, which Beijing claims as its own, and to project power across disputed territories in the oil-rich South China Sea.

Beijing's naval build-up is also intended to secure the sea lanes from the Middle East, from where China will import an estimated 70- 80pc of its oil needs by 2035 -- supplies it fears the US could choke in the event of a conflict. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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