China Insists Its 1st Overseas Military Base Has Nothing to Do With Military Expansion


CNS News
July 14, 2017

The establishment of China’s first military base beyond its shores is making headlines, but Beijing seems bemused by the attention, insisting the outpost in Djibouti – just miles from a key U.S. Special Forces base – is for logistics and supply, not a step towards extending Chinese “hegemony” abroad.

Two Chinese warships departed from Zhanjiang in south China’s Guangdong province on Tuesday, heading for the new support base in the small, the strategically-located Horn of Africa country.

Official Chinese media outlets repeatedly stated that the reason for base is merely to provide refueling and refreshment for Chinese ships, which have been carrying out anti-piracy escorting missions in and around the Gulf of Aden since 2008.

Up until now, they explain, Chinese ships have experienced logistical difficulties in the region, so the move – agreed upon in “friendly negotiations” with Djibouti – is not an unreasonable one.

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  • Holygeezer

    One military base. Oh god. Fear the Chinese. Meanwhile the USA has around 800 in the world. Now that’s what I call military expansion.

  • Mick McNulty

    Russia and China know the US wants to start war so it makes sense for them to try and avoid a nuclear war by planning to defeat the Great Satan conventionally. If they can pin the US down in many places across the world in a Global Tet Offensive they can limit its ability to reinforce, resupply and regroup. Pick them off, wear them down, break their morale. A war of attrition.

  • Oh, please, America has about 800 bases in foreign countries and about 200,000 troops distributed in them.