China Creates Naval Base In Djibouti: China has created a naval base in Djibouti. It is now fully operational and supports Chinese warships deployed in the Indian Ocean region. Click here to Join telegram study group →
China Base at Djibouti
China’s base in Djibouti is its first overseas military base, built at a cost of $590 million. The base has been under construction since 2016. It is located by the strategic Bab-El-Mandeb Strait which separates the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea and guards the approach to the Suez Canal, one of the most critical channels of international commerce.
China’s Djibouti base is built in a fortified way, with layers of defences which appear almost medieval, like a modern day colonial fort. It is clearly designed to withstand direct assault.
China’s presence in Djibouti is part of a detailed plan to establish its presence in the Indian Ocean, directed not just at the US Navy which has major bases in the Persian Gulf but also at the Indian Navy, the next largest in the region.
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The heavily fortified base is 0.5 square kilometres (0.2 sq mi) in size and staffed by approximately 1,000-2,000 personnel, and has an underground space of 23,000 square meters. The base has a 400m runway with an air traffic control tower, as well as a large helicopter apron. The base also houses the PLA Support Base Hospital in Djibouti.
A pier finished construction in December 2019. The 1,120 foot pier is reported to be long enough to be able to fit the PLAN’s two new aircraft carriers and other warships or at least four nuclear powered submarines.
Djibouti is a country in the Horn of Africa, bordered by Somalia to the south, Ethiopia to the southwest, Eritrea in the north, and the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden to the east. The country has an area of 23,200 km2 (8,958 sq mi).
Djibouti is near some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, controlling access to the Red Sea and Indian Ocean. It serves as a key refueling and trans-shipment center, and the principal maritime port for imports from and exports to neighboring Ethiopia. A burgeoning commercial hub, the nation is the site of various foreign military bases.