BEIJING — China Begins Military Colonization Expansion Into Africa starting on the Horn of Africa. Located there is the small military strategic country of Djibouti. Last week China announced that it would establish its first overseas military outpost in the East African nation. This is a departure from Beijing’s longstanding policy against building military facilities abroad.
The Djibouti base is more than 4,800 miles away from China, but is and nearest to one of the most very volatile region in the world. Chinese officials are not describing the new installation as a military base, but are only saying it would be used to resupply Chinese Navy ships that have been participating in United Nations antipiracy missions.
China has aspirations of becoming a global maritime power which is a strategy of the Chinese Communist Party that was presented in Chinese Strategy and Military Modernization: A Comparative Analysis
The Chinese facility will be located near the only permanent US military base on the African continent which last year, President Obama renewed the lease on Camp Lemonnier for 20 more years. It is strategically important to the US as it is where 4,000 service members, including Special Forces, and civilians train and carry out counterterrorism operations in Africa and the Middle East.
China has invested heavily in Djibouti’s infrastructure, including hundreds of millions of dollars spent upgrading the country’s undersize port. It has also financed a railroad extending from Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, to Djibouti, a project that cost billions of dollars. The country has a population of about 900,000, many of whom live in poverty.
Djibouti is ideal to protect oil imports from the Middle East that travels the Indian Ocean on their way to China, according to military experts. From Djibouti, China gains greater access to the Arabian Peninsula.
The United States military has praised China’s participation in the international antipiracy operations, which protect vital commercial shipping in a volatile part of the world.
France also maintains a base in Djibouti, which is a former French colony. Japan, which also participates in the United Nations antipiracy operations, keeps surveillance aircraft and several hundred personnel there.