China: Regime ships troops to Djibouti to set up first overseas base

Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“Personnel have departed to begin setting up China’s first overseas military base, in Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa. China has officially designated the Red Sea base as a logistics facility. … Several countries have set up shop in Djibouti – which borders Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia — a vital port and a model of stability in an otherwise volatile region. The United States, France, Japan, Italy and Spain already have bases in the country, and Saudi Arabia has begun construction on one. … In a front-page commentary, the People’s Liberation Army Daily claimed that the base would increase the military’s ability to ensure global order. China already has many UN peacekeepers in Africa and has become quite involved in patrolling for pirates. The People’s Liberation Army Daily assured its readers that China would not seek military expansionism or get into arms races, no matter what.” (07/12/17)