China Expands its Djibouti Military Base

  • 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.