- Kenya is asking the U.S. to pay for the expansion of a joint counterterrorism base.
- The Kenyan military has drawn up plans for a new runway long enough to handle jet fighters at Manda Bay Airfield.
- The Pentagon has made no request to Congress for funds to expand Manda Bay’s capacity.
- The Chinese Embassy in Nairobi didn’t reply to requests for comment.
- The U.S. has 450 military personnel in Somalia, including Navy SEALs and other commandos.
Fears of Losing Out to China Put U.S. Under Pressure Over Kenya Base
Kenya is asking the U.S. to pay for the expansion of a joint counterterrorism base, raising concerns that the East African country could turn to China if the Americans balk. Fears of losing out to China put U.S. under pressure over the Kenya base.