China looks to build military facilities in Djibouti
China is negotiating with Djibouti on the construction of “military supporting facilities”, the first of its kind for China in Africa.
Wu Qian, spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense, said the aim is to “provide better logistics and safeguard Chinese peacekeeping forces in the Gulf of Aden, offshore Somalia and other humanitarian assistance tasks of the UN”.
The East African country is on the Gulf of Aden, bordering the Red Sea and across from Yemen. It currently hosts military forces from the US, France, Italy, Japan and Pakistan.
The largest foreign military base in Djibouti is US Camp Lemonier that, according to its website, is a Navy led installation hosting approximately 4,000 US military personnel.