Naval base a boon to world

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT - — BEI­JING YOUTH DAILY

Ships car­ry­ing Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army naval per­son­nel as­signed to the Dji­bouti Lo­gis­tics Sup­port Base de­parted from a naval port in Zhan­jiang, South China’s Guang­dong province, on Tues­day. The es­tab­lish­ment of the over­seas sup­port base, the first of its kind for the Chi­nese mil­i­tary, is the out­come of friendly ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the gov­ern­ments of China and the African na­tion and ac­cords with the com­mon in­ter­ests of the peo­ples of both coun­tries.

The base’s oper­a­tions will help the Chi­nese navy bet­ter per­form its es­cort, peace­keep­ing and hu­man­i­tar­ian aid mis­sions in the Gulf of Aden and the wa­ters off So­ma­lia, and help boost lo­cal eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment.

Since China be­gan par­tic­i­pat­ing in United Na­tions peace­keep­ing mis­sions in the Gulf of Aden and the wa­ters off So­ma­lia un­der rel­e­vant UN res­o­lu­tions in 2008, it has faced fuel and sup­ply chal­lenges, and Dji­bouti has ex­tended a help­ing hand sev­eral times.

The es­tab­lish­ment of the Dji­bouti base will re­solve this is­sue, and thus im­prove the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of Chi­nese ves­sels to con­duct joint ex­er­cises and carry out emer­gency evac­u­a­tion and over­seas res­cue oper­a­tions, and en­able it to bet­ter safe­guard the safety of in­ter­na­tional strate­gic mar­itime pas­sages with other coun­tries.

Un­like the mil­i­tary base of the United States in Dji­bouti where more than 4,000 US Marines and F-16 fight­ers are de­ployed, China’s fa­cil­ity in Dji­bouti is mainly for lo­gis­tics and main­te­nance pur­poses.

It is China’s long-cher­ished stance that it will not seek mil­i­tary ex­pan­sion­ism, and that stance has not changed with the con­struc­tion of the Dji­bouti base.

How­ever, it is nor­mal for China to seek to set up lo­gis­tics bases over­seas to fuel its expanding naval pres­ence in the world that is for the pur­pose of safe­guard­ing its ex­panded over­seas in­ter­ests and world peace.

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