Beijing Goes Global: China Expands Marine Force 400%; First Overseas Military Base Almost Complete

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Authored by Daniel Lang via,

For most of its recent history, China has largely been a land power with no significant naval capabilities. They haven’t been able to exert much military influence beyond their coastline for hundreds of years. In fact, one of the reasons why Western powers had no trouble bullying China during the 19th and 20th centuries, was because the Imperial Navy under the Qing dynasty was incredibly weak. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that lately, China has been putting a lot of effort into building an effective overseas naval force.

Not only have they been busy constructing their first combat-ready aircraft carrier, the Chinese have also been developing new aircrafts to accompany it. Of course, a navy can’t really exert much military influence if it doesn’t have soldiers to deploy. That’s why Chinese officials have recently announced that they are preparing to rapidly expand the ranks of the People’s Liberation Army Marine Corps.

Chinese media is reporting the People’s Liberation Army’s ambitious new plans following the announcement of a 7 per cent increase to $200 billion in defence spending last week.


Among the details to emerge is a move to boost China’s marine corps — highly trained and well equipped troops intended for rapid deployment and offensive missions launched from the sea — from an existing 20,000 troops to more than 100,000.


Chinese officials have stated this is to protect arterial maritime trade routes and enforce its growing overseas interests.

“What growing overseas interests” you might ask?

Well, China has been in the process of building their first overseas military base in Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa. And that base is expected to be completed this summer.

Marine Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, commander of AfriCom, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he expected the Chinese base on the Horn of Africa to be operational later this summer.


Without getting specific, Waldhauser said he recently met with Djibouti’s President Ismail Omar Guelleh “and expressed our concerns about some of the things that are important to us about what the Chinese should not do at that location.”


The Chinese base would be about four miles from the U.S. base at Camp Lemonnier, one of the Pentagon’s largest and most important foreign military installations, where about 3,000 U.S. military personnel and contractors are assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa.

Given that base’s close proximity to Camp Lemonnier, China’s intentions are obvious.

They want what the United States has, which is a vast overseas empire, and an expeditionary force that can reach any coastline in the world. They want to compete with our current role in the global theater. Unfortunately, there isn’t enough room in the world for two countries carrying out that role. We may very well be witnessing the first stages of a new conflict between the United States and China.

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kavlar's picture

While the US is destroying the Middle East for IsraHell, China is MARCHING ON.

lexxus's picture

Agree. Israel's trained terrorists got the US all bogged down into fighting imaginary enemies.

techies-r-us's picture

The idea is to bring the US down, so Israel can control the area.

Mano-A-Mano's picture

“Our race is the Master Race. We are divine gods on this planet. We are as different from the inferior races as they are from insects. In fact, compared to our race, other races are beasts and animals, cattle at best. Other races are considered as human excrement. Our destiny is to rule over the inferior races. Our earthly kingdom will be ruled by our leader with a rod of iron. The masses will lick our feet and serve us as our slaves.” Menahem Begin, 6th Prime Minister of Israel’s speech to the Knesset (24 June 1982) – Quoted in “Begin and the Beasts” Amnon Kapeliouk, in The New Statesman (25 June 1982)

techies-r-us's picture

Exactly. They want to give the Godfather (the US) a coup d'état in order to run the show.

Mano-A-Mano's picture

China and Russia are the flies in their ointment.

The US is totally controlled by Israel. Kiss it goodbye.

stizazz's picture

The twin linchpins of their control: Israel & the Federal Reserve.

Both gotta go.

JamesBond's picture

Love the 'Red' propaganda image though...



Stuck on Zero's picture

When are people going to call this "overseas base for protection" stuff what it is: bullshit?  They are nothing but imperial overreach.

greenskeeper carl's picture

True, but this is the best news the neocons and MIC have heard in a long time. This should be enough to justify yet another 10% increase in military spending and keep as on an even more wartime footing. How dare the chinese build naval bases in our ocean right in their backyard. Its like the goddamn Iranians, building their country right next to all of our military bases, and the Russians moving their borders closer to NATO.

hope_talk's picture

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do...

amadeus39's picture

Kinda like the pot calling the kettle black. Imperial overreach? An oxymoron? And by the way you imply that imperial over-reach is undesirable and that offends me. I am rather fond of imperialism. it helps to spread the enlightened qualities of a superior culture.


SoDamnMad's picture

I am sure the Chinese will expect PX priviledges and access to the McDonalds at Camp Lemonnier.

Mazzy's picture

And their supporters: brainwashed Evangelical Christians.

Please help spread awareness.

malek's picture

Wow, the spam clown brigade has completely taken over

Got The Wrong No's picture

How fucked up are you? When you have 4 or 5 aliases and hold a conversation with yourself you know you have jumped the shark. You are one sad or insane fruit cake. 

Xena fobe's picture

I thought you were quoting some Chinese leader.  Interesting both societies share that ideology. 

lakecity55's picture

(Double-Secret Vault below the Knesset)

PM: Mossad, report!
Moss: The Celestials are getting quite powerful, Minister. We need to do something.
PM: Send in some mooselams!
Moss: Won't fit in easily.
PM: Then we must send in our Banksters! Our Moneylenders! Porno and rap!
Moss: Yessir.
PM: There must be some way we can control those heifers! Report back in a week!

PhysicalRealm's picture

I'm not arguing either way here, but I attempted to vet that quote because if it was real I wanted to use it. Apparently it is a fake.


Begin never said those words and there is no factual basis for that quote. When we searched for the quote, we found that it looped back to the same text by Texe Marrs, who does not say that he is quoting Begin.

Further research at this site showed that the quote was attributed to "Amnon Kapeliouk's article "Begin and the Beasts" (New Statesman, June 25, 1982) which was infamous for having misrepresented some remarks Menachem Begin said in a speech to the Knesset, and there are legitimate sources all over the net that make reference to that incident.

SMG's picture

So here we go, prelude to WWIII.  Unless good people stop it. Damn Satanists.

buckstopshere's picture

The Chinese need to secure their access to the Red Sea for their manufactured goods to reach the European markets.

The land route into Europe (Silk Road) will take time to complete.

Egypt's Suez Canal is also another strategic chokepoint that the Chinese are working to gain greater access. Their recent investments in Egypt are evidence of their commitment.

Got The Wrong No's picture

The Chinese also know they can not win a war unless they protect their supply chain, Several bases will be needed to accomplish that. 

amadeus39's picture

Yu so wight. Sum ting wong.


HRClinton's picture

It wasn't just the Russians who hacked the DNC.

The Chinese did it too. We now need to prevent them from harming our computers also.

I'm all for having the CIA and NSA keeping tabs on them, to protect our American Empire. 

amadeus39's picture

If everybody is hacking everybody, why do we need security? Isn't transparency a good thing?


amadeus39's picture

I have been early to invest in China, but 17 years ago I visited China and since then my modest investment portfolio has been 70-80% in China and the Far East developing countries. Why? Bright, energetic, entrepenurial people. I believe they are the face of the future.


Salzburg1756's picture

They overbreed, pack themselves into hovels, and don't give a shit about each other outside their family. We are better, we whites without kikes.

Teja's picture

Their current second most urgent problem is underbreeding, actually - even ending the One Child policy did not change the fact that the population will fall, and a big pensioners bubble will have to be cared for. Same as in Japan, only 20 years later or so.

But if it keeps you happy to think you are better, ah well, most of the people on this planet do that.

amadeus39's picture

Have you checked mobile parks lately?


Offthebeach's picture

Since the US is such a dolt, you'd think the Middle East would just imitate the Jews and trick the Americans.  I guess they're just not good.  No world class product, no world class university, little to no property rights, a stable parade lasting to the depths of time of thugocracies, low literacy, plagued by the worlds worst religion, and worlds worst language.

Yup, it's  Whiteys fault.

Theta_Burn's picture

The Chinese Navy.. yep a force to be reckoned 30yrs.

Building a few ships and ports doesn't substitute experience, tactics, or the engineering involved maintaining a blue water Navy..


Jäger's picture

Subs rule the seas- surface ships are a thing of the past- one shitty old Exocet missile will cripple anything afloat. 

fockewulf190's picture

Before the Hedge Hog ASW system and the escort carrier, the Germans thought their submarines were nearly invincible. Never underestimate ASW capabilities and advancements. Damn near three quarters of all German submariners ended up being KIA.

Offthebeach's picture

In the early 60s the us could through SOSUS track Soviet Subs from their ports to Cuba.

Supposedy SOSUS is retired. 

But I wonder with the advance of sensors, computer power, memory if not every large vessel, surfaced or not, isn't now tracked, by other means,  24/7/365.


lakecity55's picture

There are only subs and targets.


amadeus39's picture

Wrong. They learned from us. The student to teacher role. They avoid the mistakes we made and can move quicklyl to imrove on what we got right, and they'll do it with newer and more efficient technolgy.


booboo's picture

We seen a lot of above the ground technology over the last 16 years, it's getting close to some blue water tech being unveiled. Should get interesting.

whatamaroon's picture

Secretary of State Tillerson is in China now, I wonder if he will broach that subject.

rejected's picture

The US corporations and government gave them our manufacturing and the expertise that goes with it. What did you think they were going to use it for?  Tiddly Winks?

Jäger's picture

Those squinty eyes make it hard to hit a target past 20 yards.

amadeus39's picture

Tell that lie to a Korean Vet.


YHC-FTSE's picture

Wake me up when the US is surrounded by 400 Chinese military bases with thousands more all around the world starting wars for the zionists.

You don't build a military base within shooting distance of your enemy, you do it to share resources and foster cooperation - which is mighty optimistic of them considering the Pentagon and the MIC. The reason why they've built their base only 4 miles away from the US base might be simple: To prevent a war rather than start one.

Jäger's picture

Trump needs to gin up support for his pissing away even MOAR $ to the MIC so all of the Trumptards yell will "Huzzah, Oh Orange One!"

Stuck on Zero's picture

Let them build all the bases they want and create all the enemies therefrom that we expect.

buckstopshere's picture

They have already established foothold in Vancouver, Canada.

83_vf_1100_c's picture

We'll see how international cooperation works out at the local bars on the weekends. Given the relative numbers the US boys are gonna be like a white frat boy dropped off in Compton on Friday night.

mickeyman's picture

This sounds a bit like when Burger King decided to compete with McDonalds by opening new stores in close proximity.

amadeus39's picture

Believe it or not the concept makes business sense. The more restaurants in a given area, the more customers are likely to go there to eat.


ebworthen's picture

As Nixon said, the yellow menace.

Nothing tactical nukes won't take care of, but that's a one-way road.

Sooner or later where the World is headed, like it or not, someone will pull that trigger.