China has officially launched its first naval facility overseas in Djibouti


China has officially launched its first naval facility overseas in Djibouti, an East African nation that already hosts America’s only expeditionary Marine base in Africa. 

The base gives China the ability to increase support to its patrols in waters off Somalia and Yemen, and to carry out international humanitarian operations as well as naval exercises. 

Over 300 people attended the bases opening ceremony, including deputy Chinese Naval commander Tian Zhong and Djibouti’s Minister of Defense. Little is known about China’s new naval installation. 

However, American global intelligence firm Stratfor released what appeared to be satellite imagery of the base, purportedly showing fixed-fortifications, tarmac, and a number of hangars and underground facilities.    

Published by: The War Files

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