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China to set up first overseas naval facility in Djibouti next to US airbase

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 Cinnamon    24,416

Amid sweeping military reforms announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping, Beijing is planning to build a naval facility in the outpost of Djibouti, East Africa, to strengthen its counter-piracy and peacekeeping efforts, officials say, RT reports.

China is in talks with Djibouti’s government to build the “military supporting facilities” which officials say will not serve as its “military base.”The outpost, in the tiny former French colony bordering Ethiopia, Somalia and Eritrea, is also the United States’ only military base on the continent, used as a launching pad for its counter-terrorism operations and drones program in the region.

The facility will only provide “logistical support” to fuel, rest and re-supply Chinese Navy ships in the strategically vital Horn of Africa.

It will help China’s navy and army to participate in UN peacekeeping operations, carry out escort missions in the waters near Somalia and the Gulf of Aden, and provide humanitarian assistance.

The announcement comes as Beijing prepares to play a greater role in the world by modernizing its military and navy, and making significant contributions to UN peacekeeping all over the globe.

Currently, China is a major provider of peacekeeping troops to Africa, where it has huge economic interests, having invested some $40 billion in the continent over the last 15 years.



The propaganda is on. Look at how this is painted as a benign thing that is a global benefit.  Be sure to read the rest of the article at the link. It's obvious that this is a Chinese build up of military ops and strategic defense op. Their interests in Africa are huge. They make contracts, so does Russia. The U.S. fights wars. Not that I'd rather live in Russia or China, I would not, but their methods of getting natural resources from other countries is the way to do business! 

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