Accession Number:

ADA517522

Title:

Chinese Influence on U.S. Operational Access to African Seaports

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2007-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

7.0

Abstract:

The ability to project American power, except for a forced-entry scenario, across and through existing African commercial seaports in a time of regional crisis may be hampered by the growing economic and political clout of the Peoples Republic of China PRC. American military planners must consider the use of austere seaport sites at alternative coastal locations as well as the use of intermediate staging bases as a means of countering this influence. This article illustrates the extent of Chinas influence along coastal Africa and the potential difficulty that this influence might present to U.S. military access to seaports in a time of crisis.

Subject Categories:

  • Surface Transportation and Equipment
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE