China sends troops to open first overseas military base in Djibouti
Djibouti’s position in the extreme northwest of the Indian Ocean has fueled anxiety in India that was to become another “pearl necklace” of active military coalitions and in India, such as Bangladesh, Myanmar and Sri Lanka.
China began construction of a logistics base in Djibouti last year. It will be used to replenish Navy vessels engaged in peacekeeping and humanitarian peace missions off the coast of Yemen and Somalia in particular.
This is the first overseas naval base in China, although Beijing has officially explained as a logistics center.
The state-owned Xinhua news agency said on Tuesday that boats had stopped from Zhanjiang in southern China to “establish a base of support in Djibouti.”
Navy commander Shen Jinlong “read an order on the construction of the base in Djibouti,” but the news agency did not say when the base would begin operations.
Xinhua said the establishment of the base was a decision made by the two countries after “friendly negotiations and corresponding to the common interests of people on both sides.”
“The base will provide a performance mission in China, such as escort, peacekeeping and humanitarian aid in Africa and Western Asia,” he said.
“The base will also serve for overseas tasks, including military cooperation, joint exercises, evacuation and protection of Chinese rescue teams and emergency, as well as maintaining public safety international strategic airways,” Xinhua said.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a daily press conference that the base would allow China to “contribute new and greater form” to peace in Africa and the world and would benefit the economic development of Djibouti.
Djibouti, about the size of Wales, is located at the southern entrance of the Red Sea on the way to the Suez Canal. The small barren nation between Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia also hosts US, Japanese and French bases.
Said the People’s Liberation Army daily in a commentary on the front page that the facility was a milestone that would increase China’s ability to secure world peace, especially because it had so many peacekeepers in Africa and was so involved in anti-piracy patrols.
China does not seek military expansionism or participate in the arms race, no matter what happened, according to the newspaper.
“These promises will not change due to the construction of the logistics base abroad,” he said.
The Global Times, published by the State, said in an editorial that there could be no mistake, was, in fact, a military base.
“Without a doubt, this is the first base on the outside of the People’s Liberation Army and we are going to base the troops there. This is not a commercial order point.
It is logical that there is no attention on the part of foreign public opinion, “according to the newspaper, which is published by the daily People’s Daily.
China’s military development to protect its own security, he said.
“It’s not trying to control the world.”
There has been persistent speculation in diplomatic circles that China could build more bases, for example, in Pakistan, but the government refused.