China To Build Naval Base In South America

US Vice President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping toast during a State Luncheon for China hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry on September 25, 2015 at the Department of State in Washington, DC.              AFP PHOTO/PAUL J. RICHARDS        (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • China is moving to build a naval base in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, at the southern tip of Argentina, which would open the door to Antarctica for Beijing.
  • The base would give China control over the passage between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, allowing the Asian country to monitor communications throughout the southern hemisphere, according to Diálogo, a magazine published by US Southern Command.

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