Published on 13 July 2017

China reveals the true intentions behind its naval base

Military asset had set sail from China to Djibouti

Iniated two years ago through discreet personnel transfers, as revealed by Indian Ocean Newsletter as early 2015, an established presence of the Chinese navy will soon be a reality. On 12 July the state agency Xinhua announced that a military asset had set sail from the port of Zhanjiang, headed for Djibouti. Officially, the Chinese facility is merely a logistics base but, as Indian Ocean Newsletter has been reporting for some time, it is in reality a military and intelligence platform.

Actively supported by the Djibouti government, this facility is a cause of considerable concern to Western contingents already present in the country, not least the Americans and the French, as well as to neighbouring countries such as Ethiopia, who fear that the arrival of the Chinese will further complicate the already explosive situation in the region.

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