July 14, 2017
The establishment of China’s first military base beyond its shores is making headlines, but Beijing seems bemused by the attention, insisting the outpost in Djibouti – just miles from a key U.S. Special Forces base – is for logistics and supply, not a step towards extending Chinese “hegemony” abroad.
Two Chinese warships departed from Zhanjiang in south China’s Guangdong province on Tuesday, heading for the new support base in the small, the strategically-located Horn of Africa country.
Official Chinese media outlets repeatedly stated that the reason for base is merely to provide refueling and refreshment for Chinese ships, which have been carrying out anti-piracy escorting missions in and around the Gulf of Aden since 2008.
Up until now, they explain, Chinese ships have experienced logistical difficulties in the region, so the move – agreed upon in “friendly negotiations” with Djibouti – is not an unreasonable one.
This article was posted: Friday, July 14, 2017 at 6:29 am