Ships carrying Chinese military personnel for Beijing’s first overseas military base leaves China

Ships carrying Chinese military personnel for Beijing’s first overseas military base leaves China. Representational image.

Beijing, China, July 12: According to various media reports, ships carrying Chinese military personnel for Beijing’s first overseas military base, in Djibouti in the Horn of Africa, have left China to begin setting up the facility as China’s rapidly modernising military hones its global reach. Djibouti’s position on the northwestern edge of the Indian Ocean has fueled worries in India that it would become another of China’s “string of pearls” of military alliances and assets ringing India, including Bangladesh, Myanmar and Sri Lanka.

China began construction of a logistics base in strategically located Djibouti last year that will resupply naval vessels taking part in peacekeeping and humanitarian missions off the coasts of Yemen and Somalia, in particular.

This will be China’s first overseas naval base, although Beijing officially describes it as a logistics facility.

State news office said in a short report late on Tuesday the boats had withdrawn from Zhanjiang in southern China “to set up a help base in Djibouti”.

Naval force administrator Shen Jinlong “read a request on developing the base in Djibouti” yet the report did not state when the base may formally start operations.

Xinhua said the foundation of the base was a choice made by the two nations after “cordial transactions and accords with the regular enthusiasm of the general population from the two sides”.

“The base will guarantee China’s execution of missions, for example, escorting, peace-keeping and philanthropic guide in Africa and West Asia,” it said.

“The base will likewise be helpful for abroad undertakings including military participation, joint activities, clearing and ensuring abroad Chinese and crisis safeguard, and additionally mutually keeping up the security of global vital seaways,” the report.

The People’s Liberation Army Daily said in a front-page analysis this was a point of interest move that would build China’s capacity to guarantee worldwide peace, particularly in light of the fact that it has such a large number of United Nations peacekeepers in Africa and is so required in hostile to robbery watches.

China would not seek military expansionism or get into arms races no matter what happened, it said.

Meanwhile, the US opined that China likely to build a military base in Pakistan. “

These guarantees won’t change due to the development of the abroad coordinations base,” it said. The state-run Global Times said in a publication on Wednesday there could be no slip-up this was, truth be told, an army installation.

“Surely this is the People’s Liberation Army’s first abroad base and we will base troops there. It’s not a business resupply point. It bodes well there is consideration on this from outside general sentiment,” said the paper, which is distributed by the official People’s Daily, said.

In any case, China’s military advancement was tied in with ensuring its own particular security, it said. “It’s not tied in with trying to control the world.” Djibouti, which is about the span of Wales, is situated at the southern access to the Red Sea on the course to the Suez Canal. The modest, fruitless country sandwiched between Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia likewise have US, Japanese and French bases.

There has been determined theory in strategic circles that China would manufacture other such bases, in Pakistan for instance, yet the administration has expelled this.