Chinese forces deployed in its only overseas military base have conducted another round of live-fire drills in the deserts of Djibouti, east Africa. According to Chinese media, the drills mainly covered gunnery training and use of communication equipment.
The Chinese troops arrived in Djibouti in July, one month ahead of the official opening of China’s first overseas military base. In September, the troops held their first live-fire drill.
The Chinese base is located west of the city of Djibouti, the capital of the country. The establishment of the base is a clear sign of China’s growing military and diplomatic assertiveness.
China says that the facility will serve primarily to support military logistics for Chinese troops in the Gulf of Aden, and peacekeeping and humanitarian operations in Africa. The base is staffed by about 300 personnel.
Djibouti also hosts military bases for the United States, Japan and France.