What we can learn by looking at where world powers have military bases

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How do you measure a country’s global influence? Military might is one way, or as we have done below, via a visualisation of where countries have permanent bases.

Technology, nuclear capabilities, air and sea capacity and sheer numbers all have a bearing on military power. But these maps, from Statista, help show the geographic spread of the armies of the permanent members of the UN Security Council.


The US has troops stationed in no less than 30 countries, including Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.


While Russia’s influence waned since the height of the Cold War it is being aggressively reasserted by Vladimir Putin, and it maintains bases in tencountries across Europe and Asia - and almost certainly has troops in Ukraine to boot.


China may not have any overseas troops, but its army is the largest in the world, with 2.3million active personnel.


France’s military is still active across Western Africa, where it’s involved in fighting Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in Mali. France also has military bases in overseas territories: French Guiana, French Polynesia, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, New Caledonia, Réunion and Saint Pierre and Miquelon.


The UK has eight overseas military bases, including one in Diego Garcia, a tiny atoll in the Indian Ocean that was also part-leased to the US.

http://i100.independent.co.uk/article/what-we-can-learn-by-looking-at-where-world-powers-have-military-bases--ekA6imNAWW
 
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We can learn a lot by looking at where world powers place their military bases.


Just take a look at this picture. Each US flag represents a base. A picture is worth a thousand words, right?
 
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Based on that map where military bases and interests are located, no country can match the US. I am glad because the US, for me, is a good and kind country that tries to oversee the world. In a recent brush with China in the Spratlys, the US backed out but not without retaliating by posting an aircraft carrier in Japan. That may have stalled China's bullying somehow.
 

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