Mar 25, 2018

Nunes: House Intel will investigate China's influence in Africa

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Images

House Intel Chair Devin Nunes told Fox News' Maria Bartiromo on Sunday that his committee plans to probe China’s moves to bolster its military and economic strength in Africa. Nunes specifically sounded a warning regarding a Chinese military base in Djibouti at the mouth of the Red Sea, saying, "We believe they are looking at investing in ports and infrastructure around the world, not just for military capabilities but also to control those governments."

The big picture: While this comes days after the Trump administration imposed tariffs on $60 billion worth of Chinese goods, the United States has long been alarmed over China's growing influence in Africa and also Latin America with billions in direct investments for long-term economic ventures.

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