China in talks with Djibouti over logistics support station

Xinhuanet
Published on November 27,2015

BEIJING, The Chinese government has confirmed its started negotiations with Djibouti’s government for the construction of a new military base there.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry says the base will be used to provide supplies for Chinese warships on escort missions in the Gulf of Aden.

It will be China’s first military installation in Africa.

More than 60 Chinese naval vessels have sent to the waters off Somalia since it joined the international escort missions in the area 7-years ago.

Djibouti is located in the Horn of Africa, bordering Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia.

It also faces the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden to the east.

The Chinese military used a port in Djibouti three years ago when it withdrew its citizens from Yemen during the start of that country’s internal conflict.

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