On Tuesday, China officially opened its first overseas naval base in Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.
Djibouti is a tiny state located on the northwestern edge of the Indian Ocean, near the Bab al-Mandab Strait between the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea.
The Chinese military base will be used to resupply ships of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) taking part in peacekeeping and humanitarian missions in the region.
Beijing describes the base as a logistic facility, but the base could be easily considered the first Chinese overseas naval base.
Over 2,000 Chinese military servicemen will be reportedly deployed at the base.