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U.S. Intelligence Sees China's Military Expanding Bases Globally

  • China has world’s ‘fastest-modernizing’ military after U.S.
  • Officials share insights on China’s ambitions, activities
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U.S. Sees China's Military Expansion

China’s first overseas military base in the small African country of Djibouti is “probably the first of many” the country intends to build around the world, which could bring its interests into conflict with the U.S., according to American intelligence officials.

“China has the fastest-modernizing military in the world next to the United States,” according to insights provided Thursday by U.S. intelligence officials, who asked not to be identified discussing the information. That will create “new areas of intersection -- and potentially conflicting -- security interests between China and the United States and other countries abroad,” according to the officials.