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China’s Future Naval Bases: New Empirical Data Points to Likely Places

August 15, 2023

Is China building new naval bases? Join us for a conversation on Harboring Global Ambitions: China’s Ports Footprint and Implications for Future Overseas Naval Bases, a recent AidData report on where China is likely to establish its next overseas naval base. General Thomas Spoehr, Director of the Center for National Defense at the Heritage Foundation, will moderate an engaging discussion with Alex Wooley, AidData's Director of Partnerships and Communications and a co-author of the report, and Brent Sadler, a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for National Defense at Heritage and a naval warfare expert.

Harboring Global Ambitions draws on primary data collection of project-level financial flows dating back to 2000. A comprehensive review of 123 seaport projects totaling $29.9 billion at 78 different ports in 46 countries points to eight potentially viable short-term Chinese naval basing options. This analysis marks an important and unique contribution to better understand China's global port financing portfolio and contend with China’s efforts to rule the seas.

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