China looks to build mil­i­tary fa­cil­i­ties in Dji­bouti

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

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