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China deploys troops to first oversea military base


Troops have been deployed to China’s first overseas military base this week, in Djibouti on the Horn of Africa. Beijing officials said the base will be used for logistical purposes, such as resupplying naval ships and taking part in peacekeeping/humanitarian missions. 

Ships carrying personnel from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) were dispatched to set up the base in Djibouti yesterday, Chinese state news agency Xinhua reported. The outlet made no mention of the number of troops that were deployed. The facility will act as a “support base.” The Chinese media outlet said its purpose will be to “ensure China’s successful performance of missions in the region, including peacekeeping and humanitarian aid in Africa and western Asia.” 

The decision to build the base in Djibouti came after “friendly negotiations” between the two nations, according to the PLA Navy. The PLA said the facility will increase China’s ability to ensure global peace, particularly because it has many UN peacekepeers in Africa who are very involved in anti-piracy patrols. The outlet added that China will, under no circumstances, not be seeking military expansionism or become involved in arms races.    

Published by: The War Files

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