China accelerates move on Azores

Source: American Enterprise Institute

Over the past year, I have written several times about how China might take advantage of the US drawdown from the Azores, an archipelago approximately 1,000 miles from the coast of Portugal and 2500 miles from the East Coast of the United States. After spending hundreds of millions of dollars on and around Lajes Field, Pentagon officials have decided simply to pack up and leave all but a skeleton crew.

Adding insult to injury, rather than locate a new intelligence center at Lajes Field which has the infrastructure in place and needs very few upgrades, the Pentagon decided to build a new center from scratch outside of London, at a cost of more than one billion dollars more.

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