China Officially Opens First Overseas Naval Base In Djibouti (Video)

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China Officially Opens First Overseas Naval Base In Djibouti (Video)

A screenshot from the video

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.

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  • Jan Tjarks

    Interesting question would be, with so many different countries having troops in the country, how sovereign is Djibouti in the first place?

    • Barba_Papa

      Even more interesting, China, the US and France all have military bases there. Seems to be the only the only functional branch of economics in that country by the way. Anyway, what if two of those powers get into conflict with each other? Will they attack each others bases on the soil of a third country, or will they duke it out in international airspace and waters, but refrain from attacking the neighboring base on the other side of the hill?

  • FlorianGeyer

    The Chinese are doing what the West should be doing. They need fair reciprocal trade to grow and only flourishing nations can buy large quantities of their goods. Prosperity for all concerned.

    The US method is to subjugate nations , Install a Warlord and sell weapons to terrorise the people who are forced to produce goods in slave like conditions that are sold cheaply to the Western Corporations.

    • Peter Moy

      Absolutely, peace and stability leads to progress.