China to build navy base in Djibouti

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  1. Falcon

    Falcon Lieutenant Colonel Staff Member Social Media Team

    Oct 10, 2015
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    China to build navy base in Djibouti: Djiboutian minister
    “The negotiations have come to an end and the naval base will be built in Djibouti,” Mahamoud Ali Youssouf told AFP on the sidelines of a summit of African leaders in Johannesburg.

    “The goal of the base is to fight against pirates… and most of all to secure the Chinese ships using this very important strait that is important to all the countries in the world.”

    “For Djibouti, it’s an additional strategic ally.”

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    Countries with military bases in Djibouti:
    1. China
    2. France
    3. Italy
    4. Japan
    5. The United States
    Why are there so many military bases in Djibouti?

    But it is Djibouti's proximity to restive regions in Africa and the Middle East that makes it significant for the location of bases for the military superpowers.

    Somalia, to the south-east, has been a hotbed of unrest - of global implications - for years, with sea pirates and al-Shabab militants posing a serious threat to the region.

    Yemen, currently in conflict, is less than 20 miles north-east across the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait - also an easy pathway into the Middle East without having to be based there.

    These crises have warranted international responses and the need for military bases nearby.
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  2. Pathfinder

    Pathfinder Lieutenant Colonel

    Dec 17, 2015
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    Confirmed: Construction Begins on China's First Overseas Military Base in Djibouti

    Last week, China’s Ministry of Defense confirmed for the first time that construction on “support facilities” for the People’s Liberation Army-Navy (PLAN) in Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa, has started. Colonel Wu Qian, a spokesperson for the Chinese defense ministry, said on Thursday that “construction of infrastructure for the support facilities has started, and the Chinese side has dispatched personnel to Djibouti for relevant work.” China has been careful to avoid describing its facility in Djibouti as a “military” or “naval” base, preferring to use the terms “support facilities” or “logistical facilities” instead. Djibouti hosts military and support facilities for the United States, France, and even Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Forces.

    According to Wu, China will use the bases primarily to ensure that PLAN ships carrying out anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden, western Indian Ocean, and the Arabian and Red Seas are able to resupply and receive maintenance without making the long journey across the Indian Ocean to Chinese naval bases on the mainland. Wu added that the “facilities will mainly be used for logistical support and personnel recuperation of the Chinese armed forces conducting such missions as maritime escort in the Gulf of Aden and waters off the Somali coast, peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance.”
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