- China’s military base in Djibouti is its first overseas base and it became operational last August
- China’s People’s Liberation Army conducted live-fire drills at the base earlier in May
- China has begun construction of a pier at its base for its navy
- They claim that this will allow them to launch anti-piracy operations
Why It Matters: China continues to build its influence in Africa. With the construction of a pier, this will allow China to project sea-power through a base of operations in a hotly contested area of the world. With the recent sea trials being completed by its first domestically produced aircraft carrier, it is certainly worth keeping an eye on.