07:32 GMT +325 February 2017
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    China Moving Toward Reaching Deal With Djibouti on Building Military Base

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    China and Djibouti have “reached consensus” regarding the construction of logistical facilities in the African state. The deal that has been hinted at for months has finally been confirmed.

    Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei said Thursday that the new facility will give logistical support to China's fleet that performs escort duties in the Gulf of Aden and off the Somali coast.

    Since May 2015, there were reports on possible talks between Djibouti’s President Ismail Omar Guelleh with the Chinese over a possible military base. China’s Foreign Ministry confirmed the negotiations for the first time in November of last year.

    “China and Djibouti consulted with each other and reached consensus on building logistical facilities in Djibouti, which will enable the Chinese troops to better fulfill escort missions and make new contributions to regional peace and stability,” The Diplomat reported Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei as saying on Thursday.

    Hong’s comments mentioned the anti-piracy escort missions in the Gulf of Aden, which China partakes in as part of a United Nations-sanctioned international effort, the publication noted.

    According to the spokesperson, China has faced great challenges in replacing soldiers and resupplying fuel and food to Chinese naval ships performing escort duties in the Gulf of Aden and the waters off the Somali coast.

    The recent agreements between China and Djibouti are part of “efforts to implement the consensus reached at the Johannesburg Summit, in a bid to drive development in Africa,” Hong said.

    Further, Djibouti’s strategic location at the crossing of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden is attractive to China for more than military reasons.

    The country serves as an ideal spot for inclusion in China’s “21st Century Maritime Silk Road,” which will stretch from China to the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Aden, and up the Red Sea through the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean.


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    • Nice!
    • Mikhas

      With an Iranian base in Yemen on the opposite side to perfect that strangle hold of course...
    • Mother Gorilla
      They want to guard their silk road, but what are their intentions towards Africa?
    • Blackiein reply toMother Gorilla(Show commentHide comment)
      Mother Gorilla,
      They are just invaders.A catholic priest once told me "the Chinese would be good people if not for their black hearts" .
      He was real old school in his ways, and had lived in China .
    • Mother Gorillain reply toBlackie(Show commentHide comment)
      you see, I had a fear about that, an old China hand once told me a Chinese joke that the creator wanted to bake humankind to perfection: we Africans came out too dark, and the Europeans/Americans too light, he only reached perfection with the Chinese tray.
      But on the other hand, the Catholics are another bunch for racism and kid's molestation.
      And I am sure our friends, the Russians, are going to come to our rescue if things get really awry.
    • Blackiein reply toMother Gorilla(Show commentHide comment)
      Mother Gorilla,
      You know it is very dangerous having a pet poisonous Snake .
    • Mother Gorillain reply toBlackie(Show commentHide comment)
      Blackie, can't be too cautious, and never take morality and civilisation for granted. The Chinese, and I respect them, don't either.
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