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China plans to develop naval logistics base in East African nation Djibouti

LBR Staff Writer Published 27 November 2015

China is reportedly planning to develop naval logistics facilities in East African nation Djibouti, in a bid to support its peacekeeping and anti-piracy missions.

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The new facilities are being developed by China to protect its growing economic and security interests across the globe.

These will allow Chinese vessels and personnel to effectively participate in United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions.

In May this year, Djibouti president Ismail Omar Guelleh told French media that China was in talks with his government to develop a military base that borders Somalia, Eritrea and Ethiopia, reported Reuters.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei was quoted by the news publication as saying that the facilities will offer logistics services to resolve issues related to fuelling, rest and reorganization of troops and food supplies.

Djibouti serves as a key refueling and transshipment center, and is the principal maritime port for imports to and exports from neighboring Ethiopia.

The country is home to various foreign military bases, including Camp Lemonnier.


Image: China to develop new naval logistics base that will allow its vessels to effectively participate in peacekeeping missions. Photo: courtesy of kantapat / FreeDigitalPhotos.net .