Ships carrying Chinese military personnel have left for the country’s first military base in Djibouti in the horn of Africa.
According to dailymail.co.uk:
China began construction on the military base last year which they say aims to supply naval vessels taking part in peacekeeping and humanitarian missions off the coasts of Yemen and Somalia.
State-media has called it a landmark move that will increase China’s ability to ensure global peace.
The ships left on Tuesday from Zhanjiang in southern China bound for Djibouti.
It is set to become China’s first military base however Beijing has opted to describe it as a logistics facility.
Djibouti, which is about the size of Wales, is located at the southern entrance to the Red Sea on the route to the Suez Canal.
The Djibouti base construction is near Camp Lemonnier, the U.S. base in the Horn of Africa nation.
Construction began in February 2016. Beijing has said the facility will help the army and navy participate in United Nations peacekeeping operations and provide humanitarian assistance.
But the expanded presence around the world would align with China’s growing economic interests and would help it project military power further from its borders.
But American military leaders have said they don’t see it as a threat that will interfere with U.S. operations there.
Djibouti’s position on the edge of the Indian Ocean has sparked concerns in India about the influence of military in the area.
According to Chinese state media, the base ‘will ensure China’s performance of missions, such as escorting, peace-keeping and humanitarian aid in Africa and west Asia.’
It continued saying the base was a decision made by both countries after ‘friendly negotiations and accords with the common interest of the people from both sides.’
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