Chinese troops leave for Djibouti to set up military base

Djibouti

China has dispatched its naval forces to the Horn of Africa to set up an army base in Djibouti, where several global players have a military presence.

In February, 2016, China announced it was building a logistical facility in Djibouti. The project is a revival of ancient silk routes, and is also a way for China to assert geopolitical influence in places where US President Donald Trump's "America First" policy has left a power vacuum.

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 establishment of the base was a decision made by the two countries after "friendly negotiations, and accords with the common interest of the people from both sides".

Referring to the facility as a “support base, ” the Chinese media outlet said its goal will be to ensure China's successful performance of missions in the region, including peacekeeping and humanitarian aid in Africa and western Asia.

Beijing also says it will use the base to facilitate military cooperation and joint exercises, as Chinese navy and other services seek to expand their global presence in line with the country's growing economic and political influence.

U.S. man charged with assaulting Delta flight attendants
The two people also initially said the Boeing 767 returned to the airport under a Department of Defense escort. Law enforcement officers took the passenger into custody after the flight returned to the gate, Delta said.

While the move has raised quite a few eyebrows with many wondering about the timing, Jun Zhengping Studio, PLA Daily's WeChat account, said in an article that the restructuring process was being carried out by the People's Liberation Army (PLA) to boost other sections of the forces.

The Global Times, a newspaper which often takes a nationalist tone, said the new facility was indeed a military base. The modest, fruitless country sandwiched between Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia likewise have US, Japanese and French bases.

"This is the first time that active PLA Army personnel would be reduced to below one million", said a report in the PLA Daily on structural reform in the military.

For now, Djibouti will provide a more comprehensive resupply point for the constant stream of warships traveling back and forth from China.

Edward Paice, director of the London-based Africa Research Institute, said a base in Djibouti makes a lot of sense for China, just as it does for Japan or the US.

"It's not about seeking to control the world", said the editorial.

Related:

  • British court opens new hearing in Baby Charlie case

    British court opens new hearing in Baby Charlie case

    However, even an American specialist said the procedure is unlikely to revers Charlie's brain damage. The proposed treatment for Charlie, nucleotide bypass surgery, is offered in the U.S.
    Malcolm Turnbull has emotional meeting with vendors at Borough Markets

    Malcolm Turnbull has emotional meeting with vendors at Borough Markets

    The Liberal party has been embroiled in scandal in recent months amid rising tensions between conservative and moderate ministers. Mr Turnbull said that he was confident of an agreement with Britain soon after the United Kingdom leaves the bloc in 2019.
    'Bagel for Blue' raises money to honor Officer Miosotis Familia

    'Bagel for Blue' raises money to honor Officer Miosotis Familia

    On Friday, Familia's oldest daughter, Genesis Villella, 20, released a statement , "She was incredibly amusing ". Soon after, officers shot and killed the gunman after they say he drew a weapon on them.
  • 16 dead in United States  military plane crash in Mississippi

    16 dead in United States military plane crash in Mississippi

    The debris field is about five miles (8km) in radius, Greenwood Fire Chief Marcus Banks told the Greenwood Commonwealth . President Trump on Tuesday extended his condolences after a Marine Corps airplane crash Monday left 16 people dead.
    Scientist Studies 215000 Adults, Now Believes Coffee Will Make You Live Longer

    Scientist Studies 215000 Adults, Now Believes Coffee Will Make You Live Longer

    The first , the largest study ever done on coffee and mortality , included more than 520,000 people in 10 European countries. The National Cancer Institute funded study followed 180,000 people of different races for an average of 16 years.
    DeMarre Carroll joining Brooklyn Nets in National Basketball Association  trade

    DeMarre Carroll joining Brooklyn Nets in National Basketball Association trade

    He was waived by the Heat last week and hasn't been able to play in an National Basketball Association game since February 2016. Miles in a sign-and-trade with in for Cory Joseph , three people with knowledge of the dealings told The Associated Press.
  • Lakers Rumors: Los Angeles Considering Adding PGs Rajon Rondo Or Tyler Ennis

    Lakers Rumors: Los Angeles Considering Adding PGs Rajon Rondo Or Tyler Ennis

    Caldwell-Pope has agreed to a one-year, $18 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers , according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN . Of all National Basketball Association teams, the Nets were in the best position to land shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
    NJ commuters faced with decisions as 'Summer of Hell' begins

    NJ commuters faced with decisions as 'Summer of Hell' begins

    New Jersey Transit is diverting some rush hour trains to Hoboken, where passengers can switch to PATH trains or ferries. MTA Interim Executive Director Veronique Hakim said the MTA is understanding of people's' concerns.
    Israel condemns UNESCO's Hebron declaration as 'shameful'

    Israel condemns UNESCO's Hebron declaration as 'shameful'

    Palestinians have long lived under harsh restrictions in the city, which is one of the starkest symbols of the Israeli occupation. Hebron, thought to be 6,000 years old, is considered by Muslims to be the fourth holiest site for almost 1,000 years.
  • Man Killed By Takata Airbag While Working On A Honda

    Man Killed By Takata Airbag While Working On A Honda

    Owners can go online and subscribe to Honda service manuals and find out proper procedures for many repairs. Honda released some details of the death on Monday and said it only recently found out about it.
    One killed, two injured in blast in Pakistan

    One killed, two injured in blast in Pakistan

    Earlier, the deceased DPO was shifted to hospital after getting severely injured in the blast but he succumbed to his injuries. Police sources said that it was a suicide attack which targeted the vehicle of DPO Chaman Sajid Khan Mohmand on Boghra Road.

    United States taps ex-envoy to NATO Volker to resolve Ukraine crisis

    The Secretary appointed a special representative for Ukraine last week, in an effort to further involve the U.S.in the region. Tillerson says that the USA goal in Ukraine is to restore the country's territorial sovereignty and integrity.

Comments

Latest news

Area airports hit by workers strike; Philadelphia Int'l also targeted
The workers going on strike are employees of independent contractors hired by the airlines to perform passenger services. The workers walked off the job Tuesday night amid an ongoing dispute with employer PrimeFlight Inc.

Deadpool congratulates Wonder Woman on beating it at the USA box office
Whereas Wade Wilson tapped out of the USA box office at $ 363 million , Wonder Woman is now at $ 368 million and still climbing. Superman in a matter of minutes, it's now hard to think of anyone other than Gal Gadot playing Diana of Themyscira.

Knight Institute sues President Trump over Twitter blocking
Wray as F.B.I. director on Twitter, and the White House sent a letter to the Senate Intelligence Committee pointing to Mr. Trump's denial on Twitter that he had taped his conversations with the former F.B.I. director, James B.

Top Transfer Rumours (10/7/2017): Aubameyang to Milan? Bakayoko to United?
They say the hardest thing in football isn't to succeed, but to repeat the success the next season. Hopefully nobody held their breath, because it's now July 10th and Bakayoko hasn't arrived.

Women-free shrine Okinoshima gets world heritage status from Unesco
Okinoshima island is home to an ancient religious site built in the 17th century and has three small sacred Shinto shrines. The land is owned by Munakata Taisha, and it is a criminal offense to visit the island without the shrine's permission.

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson for President? The people say yes
The Hill reports that an official committee has formed on behalf of the former wrestler and actor , Dwayne " The Rock " Johnson . If he were president, Johnson told GQ he would try to do a better job of bringing people together than the current President.

Asean markets largely flat ahead of Yellen testimony
The G-20 meeting over this past weekend in Hamburg, Germany did not create any significant impact on Monday's financial markets. Shares in Shanghai were down 0.3%, but rose 0.6% in Tokyo while the Hang Seng index in Hong Kong added 1.5%.

Virginia Wade hails Johanna Konta Wimbledon performance
Halep looked at the umpire, seemingly hoping to have the point replayed. Jo said of her win: "It's a little bit surreal". Can she win the coveted Wimbledon title?

JIT questions Sharif's daughter in Panama Papers case
She claimed that the JIT has nothing to accuse her. "The stance of Hassan Nawaz is the same as it was in 1999", he added. The JIT's report, which will decide the Prime Minister's fate, will be submitted to the top court by July 10.

Auburn's Wiley has double-double, but Canada beats Team USA
Additionally, the USA force Germany into 23 turnovers that led to 20 points. "I don't think anyone played poorly". The Americans had a 62-53 rebound advantage and grabbed 30 offensive boards leading to 22 second-chance points.

6 month long course on GST launched by Lucknow University
GST, he said, is an example of cooperative federalism as the centre and states together thrashed out the new law with consensus. It also includes the description of goods or services and the chapter heading of the Harmonised System of Nomenclature (HSN).

N rejects JIT's report on Panama Papers case submitted in SC
The PML (N) can raise its reservations through counsels before the apex court when provided with the time to present its stance. Respondent 1 refers to Prime Minister Sharif; Respondent 6 was Maryam; Respondent 7 Hussain; while Respondent 8 was Hassan.

Philadelphia 76ers sign No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz
Markelle Fultz was injured during the third quarter where he elevated to block a shot and landed on an opposing player's foot. There's just too much positive happening in Philly right now for it to end before they even get off the ground.

US Likely To Test THAAD Missile Defense System This Month
The GMD system successfully shot down an incoming, simulated North Korean ICBM in a test in May. Besides Alaska, the US has THAAD systems deployed in Guam and South Korea.

Donald Trump questions US' 'worst trade deals' ahead of G-20 Summit
The U.S. now has 28 anti-subsidy tariffs on Chinese steel, including several imposed under President Obama. Trump announced Friday that had called on South Korea to "stop enabling the export of dumped steel".

Other news