The US views the Atlantic Ocean as a strategic frontline, making any permanent Chinese military presence in the region a serious threat to its security. Despite efforts by China to establish naval bases on Africa’s western coast, no African country with an Atlantic coastline has yet signed an agreement allowing for such a presence. The US is currently negotiating a security cooperation agreement with Gabon and hosting the country in U.S.-led West and Central Africa naval exercises aimed at countering piracy and illegal fishing. Meanwhile, Equatorial Guinea has flagged Chinese efforts to establish a base in its country, with its ambassador in Washington stating that China has provided military equipment and training, as well as infrastructure. To prevent China from achieving its military ambitions in the region, the Biden administration is expected to find legal incentives to thwart its efforts. US officials are closely monitoring the situation to see where the Chinese will turn next.